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Cavs Celebrate National FCCLA Week

FCCLA members Bailey Lane (10th), Brianne Black (12th), Noah Arita (11th), and Tyler Hicks (12th) prepare homemade candy dots as part of the recognition of National FCCLA Week.

 The week of February 8-14, 2015, has been designated as National FCCLA Week with the theme, “Together We Are….” The mission of the FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of the World) is to promote personal growth and leadership development. It is a nationally recognized week and focuses on the promotion of Family and Consumer Sciences. The CHS FCCLA club is very active all year but especially during this week; cooking and creating various items to commemorate the occasion. Many club members are in Foods or Apparel classes and have made several gifts throughout the week for all the staff members such as homemade treats to eat and hand-sewn keychain wristlets.

Club members in Foods classes cooked treats for staff members throughout the week and often chose recipes that represented FCCLA colors (red and black) with chocolate covered pretzels with red sprinkles and red and black candy dots.

Foods teacher Stefanie Carnathan said, “FCCLA is the only student organization that focuses solely on ‘family.’ Family, community, and leadership are very important to FCCLA. Each day our club provides a few facts about FCCLA for the teachers along with their goodies. We want to promote our club and the first step in doing so is to get teachers involved! One day we provided them lunch of homemade pierogies. This recipe was chosen as it was very popular at the International Fair last year. On other days we have prepared them special sweet treats.”

“The members have been very committed to making sure each item created for staff members is perfect. Many of them didn't realize how much time it takes to create 100 gifts for the staff but it is exciting to see the final outcome of each recipe! The students have committed their time after school for several hours creating awesome recipes. It is nice to see such dedication, enthusiasm, and talent from the club members. They enjoyed trying recipes such as pierogies and wanted to hear the story behind these buttery mashed potato-filled pockets of heaven!”

FCCLA members in Apparel classes made key chains for the whole staff.

Apparel teacher and club co-adviser Leah Ross said, “Making the key chains gave the Apparel students a taste of real life piece work. Apparel 1 students gained experience with measuring, marking, and cutting. Apparel 2 students got experience with assembly line production, quality control, prototype development, costing analysis, time management and efficiency, and project design. We had a lot of fun but were able to use real world career and industry skills to bring it all together.”

Later this month, the FCCLA club will be volunteering at the Monroe Community Center. The members will be preparing and serving breakfast to guests. Any students interested in joining FCCLA should see Ms. Carnathan or Ms. Ross. For more information on the FCCLA organization, visit http://www.fcclainc.org/content/fccla/

The staff of CHS would like to thank the FCCLA for sharing the excitement, celebration, and special treats of National FCCLA Week with all of them!

Written by: Stefanie Carnathan, Leah Ross, and Paula White
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 by Judy Davis

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