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FCCLA Peer Education

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Written by: Alexis Arnold and Ashley Franklin

    The Clarke FCCLA chapter is a goal oriented group that strives to give back to their community in a multitude of different ways. Thus far this year our chapter has done several different endeavours to give back to our community people. On Friday, September 15 the chapter took a trip to the animal shelter to socialize the with animals and it also helps animals get adopted. A cat named, Morris, and a dog named, Diva, they were both adopted by a FCCLA members.

    We also do activities like rallies and assemblies. On October 2nd we attend Fall Leadership Rally (FLR) in Des Moines. At FLR, members were introduced to all of the ways you can get involved with FCCLA. Thirteen people went and they did a summary video at the end of it.

    On Saturday October, 21st the Harvest Barn had a family day at which we set up tables and activities for the children to partake in. We did face painting, decorated cookies, made bees on a plate with paint and string to raise awareness for their endangerment, made bird feeders, and decorated gourds. We had 29 people in attendance and some even dressed up for the occasion in cute Halloween costumes. The group had a blast and though it was rather windy the day was an overall success!

    FCCLA members can plan activities just for the chapter to do, or they can plan activities for their projects that involve the whole school. Madyson Hill did a fundraiser for her STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Event and she held a dodgeball tournament that raised $625. She is using the money from the fundraiser to make tie blankets for part residence in the nursing home. Other members doing projects to compete in STAR Events include Brittany Beckett and Sierra Bray. They collected items for domestic violence victims and invited a speaker to educate the entire student body about signs abusive relationships. There are many different ways to participate in FCCLA and make a difference in our community.

    Diana Sagastizado and Cady Crawford have spent the last month going over to The Village and teaching children about making healthy snack choices. Emily Van Dyke is competing in Fashion Construction, and she is designing and construction an original clothing item. Kennedy Bland and Shayla Sitzmann are competing in the Advocacy event. They are working to bring a speaker to our high school to educate people on the danger of drunk driving. Tori Olsen is learning about entrepreneurship as she develops the plans to start her own mock business. Tannor Olsen is creating a website for the Clarke chapter through the national chapter website competition.

    Here are our Peer Education participates: Cecilia Hadley (Families First), Marissa Utley and Emma South (Families First), and you two (Public Relations)