The FCCLA officer team at Sumner High School has been busy planning this summer for a year filled with service and fun at their school. Officers met on Monday mornings during the summer to plan their Program of Work, coordinate dates with the school calendar, design and decorate their FCCLA bulletin board, make decisions about this year's events, contact service partners to schedule activities, and have some fun on their annual officer retreat. The FCCLA officers for the 2014-2015 school year are: Randi Shaidaee, President; Shelby Dykes, 1st Vice President; Jessica Duran, VP of Community Service; Brooke Billiot, VP of Finance; Madeline O'Hern, VP of Membership and Carrie Verberne, VP of Public Relations. Their adviser is Amanda Bracy, who teaches Family and Consumer Sciences, formally known as Home Economics.
Events for the 2014-2015 school year include activities that provide service to our school and community, provide student members with a fun and safe social outlet to make new friends and deepen connections, and provide students with opportunities to develop service learning and leadership skills. Through a grant with The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation Service Learning Program, students will be crocheting for residents at the Kentwood Manor Nursing home, Richard Murphy Hospice House, and Covenant House New Orleans. They will also be making blankets with nursing home residents for children affected from neglect, abuse and homelessness. FCCLA will be hosting the annual Faculty & Staff Thanksgiving dinner and Sadie Hawkins dance. FCCLA also plans to hold fun events for its members like "Clubbin' to the Movies", "Mazin' & Blazin", Christmas potluck, FCCLA banquet and "FCCLA Packs the Park". Members will learn southern cooking techniques as well as the history of Louisiana cooking at the annual field trip to the New Orleans School of Cooking. The officer team will attend a leadership retreat to Tall Timbers for the FCCLA Fall Rally and members will be invited to attend and compete at the annual FCCLA regional meetings and State Leadership Conference. FCCLA will also raise funds for CASA and the children in foster care through their annual Penny Wars competition.The FCCLA theme for this school year is "In FCCLA, We All Fit In." This student organization, formerly known as Future Homemakers of America, focuses on the Family, Career and Community Leaders found in our youth, with family being our central focus. Current and former students taking a course in Family and Consumer Sciences are eligible to join. You can follow the Sumner High School chapter of FCCLA on Facebook @ sumner fccla or on Instagram @ sumnerfccla, or on our school's website @ www.tangischools.org/Domain/2653.