Claremore FFA receives Health and Wellness Grant

Pictured (back row, left to right) Matt Boyer, advisor, Logan Gordon, vice president, Lukas Whitlock, reporter, and Ben Haley, sentinel.

(front row left to right) Alyssa Adragna, treasurer, Rose Grubowski, president, Abbie Holgate, secretary, and Holly Blakey, Oklahoma FFA Foundation.

The Oklahoma FFA Foundation is excited to announce Claremore FFA Chapter as one of the recipients of the FFA Health and Wellness Grants sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma.

The Claremore FFA Chapter applied for and is being awarded a Health and Wellness Grant to build the Claremore FFA Cold Frame Garden Boxes. These cold frame garden boxes extend the vegetable growing season to include fall, winter, and early spring. The project will provide fresh vegetables to the students of the Claremore High School that make use of the Claremore High School Food Pantry. Funds awarded through the grant will be used to purchase building materials for the FFA program to build the cold boxes.

“We are excited to work with businesses who believe in what is happening through agricultural education,” said Holly Blakey, Executive Director of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation. “This is the first time Blue Cross Blue Shield has partnered with our Foundation to provide our local programs with grant opportunities.”

The objective of the Oklahoma FFA grants provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is to support FFA chapter activities that promote health and wellness of Oklahomans. These grants were made available to Oklahoma FFA Chapters that are located in communities with a population of less than 50,000 people and located more than 15 miles away from a metropolitan area. BCBS provided a total of $6,000 to be distributed to FFA chapters across Oklahoma.

For more than 79-years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma has been committed to meeting the health care financing needs of Oklahomans. As the state's oldest and largest private health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma provides health care benefit plans for more than 800,000 Oklahomans. For more information, visit bcbsok.com. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation (which operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Montana and New Mexico), the country’s largest customer-owned health insurer and fourth largest health insurer overall.  Health Care Service Corporation is a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

The Oklahoma FFA Foundation seeks to strengthen Agricultural Education and the FFA so each student can develop their potential for personal growth, career success and leadership. The Foundation strives to provide businesses, associations, private foundations and individuals the opportunity to contribute to the leadership development programs of the FFA.

FFA is an integral part of the Agricultural Education division in the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education system. With more than 27,000 members and 360 chapters, the Oklahoma FFA Association is the fourth-largest state FFA association.  The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.  To learn more about the Oklahoma FFA Association and Foundation, visit www.okffa.org.

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