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FCCLA is “Making Our Mark” on the Community
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 • Posted October 16, 2007

The Blanco High School Chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America are busy planning events for this school year. The officers and members are eager and ready to make their mark on Blanco and surrounding communities. FCCLA members have a concern to become more visible and involved in promoting community projects.

The first project of the school year was a Canned Food Drive. This event was organized by FCCLA to target all students at BHS and to promote the organizations purposes. The food drive was held for one week at the end of September and was very successful. Students and teachers collected 1900 cans and boxed food items. The top 4th period class that donated the most items would receive a one-time pizza party. Mrs. Gina Blankenburg’s 4th period AP U.S. History class donated a total of 575 items. FCCLA teams were also formed to earn the ability to take the food items to the San Antonio Food Bank. The top three teams with the highest amount were able to go on the field trip. FCCLA members were surprised to learn the donation totaled over 1400 pounds and that it would not last a whole day at the food bank.

“Two-Mile Tuesday” is another FCCLA project aimed at improving the awareness of health and fitness. The Chapter Service STAR Event Team (Students Taking Action with Recognition) consisting of Magdalena Avila, Morgan Johnson, and Veronica Navarro are planning ways to promote health and fitness at BHS and in the community. Their first project is to get students, teachers, and community members to meet at the track every non-holiday, good weather Tuesday. Participants begin their two-mile journey at 7:00 PM and end around 8:00 PM. Please come out and join us every Tuesday and walk or run two-miles around the track.

FCCLA members were privileged to participate in the Hill Country Home & Auto Car Quest Grand Opening BBQ held on Saturday, October 6th. Charles and Terri Waxler allowed FCCLA to use their event as a fundraiser for the chapter. Members sold tickets in conjunction with the band and raised money to be used for community service projects and related program costs. Approximately 200 tickets were pre-sold and 225 plates were prepared on the day of the event. FCCLA would like to thank the Waxler’s and their team of helper’s for their hard work preparing for the event and their generosity.

Twenty new and returning FCCLA members attended a Fall Leadership Workshop in Pflugerville on Wednesday, October 10, 2007. Approximately 200 students from 15 different schools attended the workshop. Members went to various presentations including: Discovering Your “True Colors,” Clueless About Power of One, Marshmallow Mystery (Team Building), Parliamentary Law and Order, CSI FCCLA Style (Step One), Investigating STAR Events, and FBI (FCCLA Bingo Interrogation). The presentations inspired members to investigate their potential to incorporate the ideas into the local chapter.

FCCLA members will be selling programs for $2.00 at the Homecoming Football Game this Friday. FCCLA will also be working at the annual Early Childhood Halloween Carnival. Please come out and support these groups and enjoy a fun night filled with activities.

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