What’s Right With Our Schools: FCCLA club makes positive impact on students


HOUSTON COUNTY, Georgia (41WMGT) – Teachers in Houston County say it’s never to early to get students thinking of their plans for life after college.

Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at Huntington Middle School almost have their minds made up. They’re learning how to create products and market them, thanks to a school club.

“It provides leadership opportunities as well as opportunities for personal growth for the members,” says Family Consumer Science teacher, Melanie Bratcher.

Huntington Middle school lets their students participate in FCCLA, or Family Career and Community Leaders of America club. The club has a positive impact on students.

“Confidence is something that I have definitely gained from this. I have learned to take action in most community services and that it can really help you with other life long lessons,” says Ally Bishop who is a member of the club.

Students travel, engage in community service projects and also get a chance to meet new people.

“Most people are so privileged, and the people with breast cancer, the people in the Ronald McDonald house no one knows how they’re feeling and just to be able to do the little things for them means a lot,” club member Macy Stephenson adds.

On a national level, students compete with other students around the world for star event projects. It shows students what it’s like to conduct research, plan and share ideas.

“At first, I didn’t know what to think about it because I liked planning but never in depth. I never went beyond the surface level but now I enjoy it,” club member Farinaz Zahiri explains.

Huntington Middle school has been part of FCCLA for 2 years. about 20 students are part of the club. Students say it has given them a better idea about possible careers.


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