PLYMOUTH -- Terry Snipes was a 1977 graduate of Plymouth High School, who was a very active member of the Plymouth FFA Chapter all four years.
Snipes passed away in 1981 in a motorcycle accident at the age of 22. His sisters, Trena Butcher and Ella Kaple were both chosen as FFA queens and sister Corinna Dunaway was on FFA court and holds an honorary lifetime FFA membership. All three of Trena's children were members of the Plymouth FFA chapter.
Today, Terry's FFA jacket is now over 40 years old and is one of the last items their family has which goes to prove just how important the ffa jacket is to their family and each student.
"The fact that after 40 years we still have it says something," Trena Butcher said.
The Snipes family wanted to honor his memory and commitment to the FFA by awarding a jacket every year in his memory.
"Our goal is for every FFA student in the Plymouth-Shiloh Local School District to one day be able to have a jacket of their own," the family stated. It is our vision that in 40 years, they too, can pull their jacket out and show their children and grandchildren.
"We as a family want to encourage other families in the area to also start a legacy jacket fund."
The Plymouth FFA Chapter typically provides half of the funding towards an FFA jacket. Other monies are raised through donations and fundraisers and will be matching the Snipes family donation to allow two students each fall to earn a free FFA jacket.
The FFA jacket is an icon of an American Tradition. The symbolic blue corduroy jacket is far more than Official Dress, it is an icon of an American tradition – instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it. But not everyone can wear the jacket. Not because they don’t deserve to … but because they can’t afford to.
To meet this need, Beck’s is partnering with individuals and their dealer network to serve as many students as possible by providing FFA jackets for first year members. Ohio FFA Foundation also provides an annual essay competition courtesy of Beck's and many other donors.
Supporters of any FFA chapter in the state of Ohio can help provide a free jacket to a deserving student by donating to the Ohio FFA Foundation.
Learn more here: https://ohioffa.org/foundation/programs/blue-jackets/