ROCKFORD — Parkway FFA students sorted through 619 boxes for their annual fruit sale.
This amount was a significant increase from last year’s fruit sale, according to Shay Bolton, student FFA chapter reporter. Parkway FFA students unloaded the fruit delivery and collaborated together to sort and combine the fruit according to specific colors. The types of fruit include navels, grapefruit, fuji applies, pine apple and various nuts.
The Parkway FFA chapter in Mercer County strives to ensure the whole Rockford community and surrounding areas have the opportunity to buy fruit. The fruit sale is a fundraiser for the Parkway FFA chapter, consisting of 72 members.
They order extra fruit and donate any unsold fruit to another cause. This year they will donate the additional fruit to the food pantry in Rockford.
The money from the fruit sale will go toward the Parkway chapter supplies and various projects.
The fruit sale teaches everyone in the chapter about the fruit sale itself, but they do it to learn and to serve the community, says Bolton. Their vision for the fruit sale is part of the Parkway FFA motto: Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve.“We live to serve our community,” said Bolton.