Kevin and Carol Keith
Kevin and Carol Keith Establish Endowment to Support Future of FFA for Generations to Come
Kevin Keith is a local program success team leader with the National FFA Organization who first became involved with FFA in the second grade when the local chapter took all the second graders out to plant a pine tree. He knew he didn’t want to be a “farm kid” and had aspirations of becoming a game warden.
“I had a guidance counselor who pushed me towards FFA because it was the only curriculum that offered all of the outdoor stuff that I was interested in,” Kevin says.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls, the largest grantor of that degree in Wisconsin. “I came into it from an interest in national resources,” says Kevin, who served as president of agricultural education society during his junior year.
Kevin met his wife Carol while student teaching. “There was a teacher event put on by FFA,” he says, “and she asked for my help with the judging because of my ag ed background.”
Together they have established the Kevin and Carol Keith Endowment. “I’ve seen a lot of people who were icons of ag who had endowments,” Kevin says, “and I wanted to do the same as them.”
He says he “thought it would be neat” to have an endowment that he could pay for while he has the ability to. “I want something to already be there if others want to help put money in,” he says. “I even want my obituary to say donate to the National FFA Foundation through the Kevin and Carol Keith Endowment in lieu of flowers.”
Kevin wants his gift to go toward leadership or an area of most need. Coming from a family of teachers, he says he especially wants teachers to consider contributing to support the future of FFA, asking them to think “If I don’t, who will?”
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