FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) is one of Leesville’s most popular clubs with an average count of 30 members in attendance per meeting. FCCLA is a club for students who have taken a family and consumer science class in middle school or high school.
Cassie Blackwelder, club advisor for FCCLA, set a mission for the club to achieve this year. “The center of FCCLA is on family and focusing on bettering yourself as a person. And so a lot of our club events rotate around the theme of being an effective and healthy individual. Our goals for this year are having healthy snacks at every meeting and increasing the diversity of the club,” said Blackwelder.
Co-presidents Noaam Zahavi and Sloane Coble work under Blackwelder to plan fun events for the club. So far this year, FCCLA has done activities such as tie-dying, cookie exchanges, zumba and cooking.
Currently Leesville’s FCCLA is preparing for STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events. These are competitive events where FCCLA goes to Greensboro to compete with other schools’ FCCLA programs. “Every spring we go to Greensboro where the students do a project that focuses on one area of family and consumer science. We have had students in the past make a bench and sew a cushion for it out of recyclables which would be in the category of recycle and redesign. There are some projects about childcare, some projects about housing; the events really vary.” said Blackwelder.
Leesville has eight groups going to compete in Greensboro this year. Noaam Zahavi and Emma Berg are one of the groups in the competition; the pair are competing in the category of chapter and review display. “We are going to make a poster or a tri-fold about everything our club has done this year and then present it,” said Emma Berg, junior.
The winner of the competition in Greensboro will go on to compete at the national event that will be held in Washington D.C. this year.
For more information and updates about the club, follow Leesville FCCLA (@LRHSFCCLA) on Twitter!