WRV FCCLA members in front of the Purdue Engineering Fountain at the Indiana FCCLA Fall Leadership Rally.
The Indiana Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Fall Leadership Rally was hosted at Purdue University, and it was evident that FCCLA is bigger and better than ever at WRV, in Indiana and across the nation.
This year at WRV the FCCLA has 43 members. That is double previous years. Thirteen members got the opportunity to attend the FCCLA Fall Leadership Rally. At the rally, these members were recognized for their 2019-20 membership, earning the ‘30 by 30’ award. They also got to check out Purdue FCS programs. Many members went to the early childhood program, which was amazing. Purdue has a full-on laboratory school with seven classrooms and viewing booths. Students got to look into the classrooms, see the facility and experience how teachers interact with children. Students in the program work in the school and earn Indiana Teaching licensure as Early Childhood Generalist and Early Childhood Exceptional Needs (birth-grade 3). Other students were able to check out the Culinary program, human services and a couple of students got to check out the FCS education program. The two students considering FCS education even got to attend a special lunch.
The conference offered members many opportunities to learn more about FCCLA and Purdue. Students learned about Stop the Violence, a national program that recognizes chapters that complete projects aimed at reducing violence. The state officers that presented did activities to encourage the group to recognize, report and reduce violence.
State officers also talked about STAR projects: why they are so beneficial, the effort required to complete them and the processes involved. At the end we got to tour the university, seeing many of the historical buildings and monuments.
Here in Indiana, there are over 3,000 FCCLA members, and around 500 of them attended the fall rally. Indiana FCCLA also has a state conference. At the state conference, students get to compete in state and STAR events. FCCLA members that participate in a STAR event may be invited to attend the national conference.
This year, Indiana FCCLA was very successful at national conference. Two Indiana students were awarded prestigious scholarships for their events in fashion construction and earned one-year full-ride scholarships to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Indiana had 14 students that were top-five finishers, and 27 students that were top-ten finishers (July 2019 Indiana FCCLA press release).
Nationwide, FCCLA has more than 175,000 members, more than 6,800 advisors and 5,300 chapters.
The national organization has multiple meetings and a national conference, in which students can demonstrate FCS related skills. They publish Teen Times, a magazine for FCCLA, Inc. that highlights events, programs, national officers, competitive events and more. Each WRV member received a magazine and were challenged to read it cover to cover.
Being an FCCLA advisor is so special. The organization pushes me to encourage students to engage in community service and be strong leaders. WRV works to complete a community service project each month, participate in fundraising efforts and attend school, district and state events. These times together promote FCS skills and help us build relationships. I am so happy to have FCCLA as a FACS teacher.
Betsy Misner has been the Family and Consumer Science, formerly Home Economics, teacher at White River Valley for over a decade. Her motivation is helping students to strive for strong, happy, healthy families and providing career pathways. Check out more of what is happening in the classroom by following her on Twitter: WRVFACS@BetsyMisner