Well it's that time of year again. Last week was our annual National FCCLA convention. This year it was in Orlando, Florida, so it was close to home. For those of you who don't know I am a Family and Consumer Science Teacher at the high school in my home town. Family and Consumer Science is what they use to call Home Economics and FCCLA stands for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, which use to be Future Homemakers of America. I annually take kids to state and national meeting to compete in various competitive events that have to do with the various areas of our subject.
This year I only had one group competing in an event called Life Event Planning. They have to plan an event including budgets, comparison shopping, theme and resources. The two girls in this event did very well. They received a gold medal which is the highest level of achievement. A third student present a presentation on the chapter's community service project called Sew Much More. Students in the chapter worked together to make toiletry bags for woman and children at a local battered woman's shelter. Additionally they made no sew (or tie) pillows for the children who winded up in these shelters. The students presented this project at our local state meeting in March and received a gold medal but was not selected to compete at nationals. A fourth student (who is also my daughter) when as a Florida state officer and participated in a variety of leadership activities.
I am very proud of my students and their accomplishments but I am even prouder of their desire to make their community a better place. I am amazed at the ideas and partnerships with other organizations that they want to form to help not only our little town but the world become a better place to live.