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Photo provided by Tiffany Ballow -- East Ascension FFA members Steven Jackson, left, and Trey Robinson, center, receive the chapter’s first place award from Tiffany Ballow, Louisiana Nutrients for Life regional representative, on June 2 at the Louisiana FFA convention in Monroe.

The East Ascension High School FFA chapter is the Nutrients for Life Foundation’s 2014-15 Helping Communities Grow chapter recognition program winner in Louisiana, according to a news release.

East Ascension FFA won $3,000 for writing, filming and presenting an educational movie at G.W. Carver Primary School. The movie was sent with the “Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century” curriculum to all middle and primary schools in the community. The chapter also helped gardeners diagnose plant nutrient deficiencies, resulting in a 20 percent increase in plant donations to the community and higher yields in the community garden.

“I am so impressed with these hard-working, knowledgeable and creative students. The projects submitted to the Helping Communities Grow FFA chapter competition were outstanding,” Nutrients for Life Foundation executive director Harriet Wegmeyer said in the release.

Students in participating FFA chapters developed and executed community-based education programs based upon the Nutrients for Life Foundation curriculum, “Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century.”

The Helping Communities Grow program encourages FFA students to help the public become better informed about plant nutrients and related agricultural issues.