Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is not only a club that just operates here at East. According to its website, FCCLA is a National Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education.
Katie Stauffer (’18), an officer in the FCCLA club described what being in FCCLA is like. “FCCLA is a very accepting and open club to anyone who joins and it’s a great way to make friends, it also looks good on college applications,” she said.
Throughout the school year, FCCLA does various community service projects. These include donations to retirement homes, candy for the buses, and field trips to the Salvation Army to help package presents for children around Christmas time.
FCCLA also gives members the opportunity to travel to different places across the nation to participate in competitions. STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) recognize members for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. STAR Events offer individual skill development and application of learning through the following activities: Cooperative – teams work to accomplish specific goals, Individualized – members work alone to accomplish specific goals, and Competitive – individual or team performance measured by an established set of criteria.
East also offers the option to be in Family and Consumer Science (FACS) Club for students in classes such as Foods, Interior Design, and Teen Living. In FACS club, however, you are not able to participate in any STAR events.
FCCLA is an underrated club at East and deserves more recognition than it gets. FCCLA is a great opportunity for students to do community service, further their education in consumer sciences, and create future academic opportunities. Joining FCCLA is a great way to make friends and better your community!