Culver’s decided to share a profit of their money that was made on March 19th from 4:00 to 7:00 to help FFA.
“We did a share night, so a lot of Culver’s do this and especially with a local FFA Chapters since we do have a ‘Thank You Famers Project’ system-wide at Culvers,” said Jacob Dugan, General Manager of Culver’s. Something that is part of “Thank You Farmers Project” is that Culver’s helps raise money for agriculture education, according to Culver’s official website.
Dugan said that during certain hours, a portion of the sales made goes to FFA or even schools if schools were doing the share nights as well. The total profit made is still being calculated when this interview with Dugan was conducted. Not only did FFA do a share night with Culver’s, but FFA members also had some other things in mind as well.
“Our FFA celebrated National Ag Day. It is a day set aside to celebrate the contribution of the agriculture industry to our society,” said agriculture teacher/FFA adviser Brad Markhardt.
Because of this day the FFA — and Markhardt — brought their tractors to school to “draw attention to the industry to agriculture,” took a hayride down to Culver’s and participated in a share night at Culver’s.
“When we were at Culver’s, a few of us opened doors, passed out coupons, bussed tables and cleaned up things,” said Ruth Wise, FFA president.
Other than welcoming customers who entered Culver’s, everyone there was visited by Bruce O’Dean. O’Dean was a fellow state ffa officer back in the 1950s. O’Dean was only one of five State FFA Officers in Black River Falls, according to Markhardt.
“It was just a really great opportunity for some of our members to interact with. “He’s living history for things that were a part of FFA back in those days,” said Markhardt.
Members also conversed with fellow customers about FFA.
“We had a full dining room most of the time, and we had a full parking lot too, so that was nice,” said Dugan.
All these customers arriving helped FFA have a better chance of making more money for their club.
“This is the first time that we have done something like this in awhile, so I think for doing this for the first time, and the good amount of time they definitely did a great job,” said Dugan.
After the share night was over, the FFA president and FFA adviser had some thoughts about the overall night.
“In the future, we’re just gonna do the hayride there and back after school,” said Markhardt.
One other change that Markhardt wants to make is to take a different route with the hayride so the ride can be longer since Markhardt said some students said that they would like to hayride longer. The president’s thoughts on the overall were that “There was room for improvement.”
“We just thought it was a very positive experience,” said Markhardt.