FCCLA Members Try To Make A Difference
Story by: Sophia Ly
Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is an extracurricular activity creating leaders that will go out into the community and make a difference.
Adviser and Family Consumer Education Teacher Wendy Pitlik- Plehn said, “We do community service through competitions that develop leadership.”
FCCLA does many community service projects.
Sophomore Jessica Hoffman stated, “We mostly work with kids and the environment.
Last year we went to Grant Elementary and helped make gingerbread houses. We were going to teach sign language at Jackson Elementary, but there wasn’t enough interest.”
“Last year we did a cellphone drive that didn’t go so well. This year, we’re selling suckers,” Hoffman added. On Jan. 28, FCCLA would love to have support at Oostburg Pizza Ranch for Tip Night. This year, FCCLA is dedicating their time towards local foster children.
“Our current community service project involves decorating and refurbishing suitcases to be donated to local foster children,” said Pitlik Plehn.
Last year, two South students competed in the Early Childhood category at Nationals.
There are many categories the contenders can choose from. Examples of categories to compete in are: Culinary Arts, Interpersonal Relationships, Leadership, Nutrition, Teaching and Training, Interior Design, and much more.
It is still possible for students to join. There is a FCCLA competition coming up in a month. The regional competition is held in Wisconsin Dells at the Kalahari Resort, and this year, nationals will be in Nashville, Tennessee. Anybody can join FCCLA, with the requirement of having taken a Family Consumer Education class before, or is currently taking one. Hoffman added, “…they’d just have to jump in with us.”