Wakonda organizes FCCLA chapter

Wakonda organizes FCCLA chapter by Ally Eckert Thanks to new FACS teacher Joni Lowe, Wakonda has a new group starting up. She recently created another opportunity for Wakonda students � a Wakonda chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, or FCCLA.

FCCLA, formerly Teens in Action, has already been hard at work. Both groups provide opportunities for community service; the main difference is that FCCLA is nationally recognized and completes projects for state and national conventions. These projects are meant to help the community in many ways; town clean up and substance abuse information are project examples.

There will be approximately 25 members in grades 7-12 this year. Some of these members have already participated in a state conference.

Three members from Wakonda went to the leadership conference in Brookings on Oct. 10 and 11. Ally Eckert, Bethany Parvin, and Ashley Steffen all took part in Leadership Red, White, and You.

While there they worked on new leadership skills and ways to bring the group together.

Since FCCLA took over Teens In Action, they also inherited their usual duties at Santa Shack, making soup. This year the profit made from that venture was about $140.

But the soup is just the beginning. This year they will be doing many local projects. These include collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald house to help Abby Logue. They will also be collecting empty printer cartridges and old cell phones for recycling, and Box Tops for Education. There are also many national projects that they can participate in this year. They range from health to family to school environments.

Since this will be the first year Wakonda has an FCCLA, it should prove to be a true learning experience for all who participate.

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