Dear Ag Teachers and FFA Advisors, I hope you are getting excited and making all the final plans for participation in the 85th Georgia FFA Convention. I realize this is a very busy time, but I would like to make a special request of each of you. As you may know, we have been recognizing the Retired Agriculture Teachers during the 3rd General Session of the Convention (10:30 a.m. on Friday). We also invite each of them to a special luncheon in their honor. Mrs. Jones in the FFA Foundation office has already mailed invitations to most of the retired teachers, but I believe it would be helpful to provide some more encouragement - and what better way to get that coming from the current agriculture teacher. SO, I respectfully ask your help - Please take a moment and contact any retired agriculture teacher in your community and invite them to come to the State FFA Convention. I know that most of you know of a retired Ag Teacher locally, so please consider this opportunity to involve them once again in AgEd and FFA . I am sure they would appreciate the gesture if not the opportunity to attend. If you get a favorable commitment, please let me or Mrs. Katrina Jones know that they will be attending. We will be recognizing them all as a group during the 3rd general session which begins at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 26. They are also invited to have lunch following that session. I really appreciate any help you can provide for this request. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Convention. It is going to be a great experience. Thank You in advance for providing your students the opportunity to attend. John (Chip) Bridges Program Manager, Agricultural Education Georgia Department of Education 1752 Twin Towers East 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr. SE Atlanta, GA 30334 [log in to unmask] Office Phone: 404.657.8311 Fax: 770.344.4411 Cell Phone: 706-410-4605 http://www.gadoe.org Follow us on Twitter: @gadoenews and @drjohnbarge Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gadoe "Making Education Work for All Georgians"