GRANBY — Around $3,500 was raised during Saturday's fundraiser to send eight FFA students from East Newton High School to the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) in June.
The fundraiser included a chicken dinner and silent auction, of which $2,800 was raised from the silent auction itself.
"It was a good turnout and we are definitely pleased with it," said John Littlefield, FFA adviser.
Littlefield noted it cost about $1,100 per student to attend and the school sends students every other year to the conference.
During the five-day event, attendees learn how to become effective leaders by teaching them to know their purpose, value people, take action and serve others. They leave WLC with the knowledge and the confidence to act in ways that help their schools, community and their country.
The eight East Newton FFA students will leave on June 9 and will return on June 17. They will be on the same chartered bus as FFA students from Sarcoxie, Pierce City and Cassville, so to keep the cost down on the traveling expenses. Not only will they attend the conference, but they will also make a couple of stops to learn about agriculture from years ago. They will stop at Mt. Vernon, home of George Washington, and also stop at Monticello, which was the home of Thomas Jefferson, also a famous agriculturalist and architect.
One of the students who will be attending is Emee Spencer, a junior.
"I am very excited actually, cause I am ready to learn everything that they have to offer for me to learn," she said. "And to get to see new things and meet new people."
This is Spencer's first time to the event, which she said would be beneficial.
"I think that it will help me by showing me how to do other things and showing me how to interact with other people," she said. "And get to teach them about FFA."
Junior Paige Seward is also ready for the conference.
"Really excited," Seward said. "Excited to meet new people and leave the state."