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Sun Valley's FCCLA Club Bonds With Community
On Sunday, November 18th, Sun Valley High School's FCCLA club took advantage of the opportunity to be a part of the Monroe Christmas Parade. The parade boasted over 140 floats, with Sun Valley's FCCLA's being one of them. The decades old parade has small businesses, schools, churches and non-profit organizations participate on an annual basis.
The 16 club members that attended the parade set aside their Sunday in order to be part of this community activity. Club members were surprised at the number of merchants and schools that were represented. They were also surprised at the multitude of familiar faces in the crowds welcoming the floats as they traveled down the main streets of downtown Monroe.
It was an exciting experience to be acknowledged by strangers and friends in the crowd. The main purpose of the club being in the parade was to focus on community recognition of the club. FCCLA, which stands for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, is the only national club whose main focus is the strengthening of the family unit. Additional emphasis is placed on community service and leadership as well as career development.
Sun Valley's club has raised money for Susan G. Komen's breast cancer fund and donated time with Habitat For Humanity, March of Dimes, and Room At The Inn. They welcome requests for helping the elderly and shut-ins. Please contact the high school if there are needs that the club might fulfill.
Club adviser, Linda O'Keeffe says, "The members have learned that whether you are getting dirty putting in a new yard for Habitat For Humanity, or raising funds to help prevent breast cancer, helping others is fun. In the end, we are all just one big community pulling together to help those around us."
Written by: Linda O'Keeffe, Family and Consumer Science teacher
Posted: Dec 12, 2012 by Carrie Mabry