(L-R) Mayor Tracie Sexton singing a proclamation for FCCLA week with FCCLA Member Alexie Baker, Vice-President Abby Marcum, and President Callie Foster
Wayne County’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) high school chapter is promoting their student organization during National FCCLA Week, February 11-17.
Mayor Tracie Sexton signed a proclamation that endorsed the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, which offers members an opportunity “to work together for common purposes for the improvement of themselves, their families and their communities” while meeting with three of the local members. Wayne County FCCLA President Callie Foster, Vice-President Abby Marcum, and Member Alexie Baker met with the mayor and discussed the leadership opportunities that FCCLA provides them.
Senior Callie Foster said she has especially enjoyed the opportunity to see the look on people’s faces when they present their donations at non-profits and worthwhile agencies they travel to as part of their membership in FCCLA. She has already received her MNA through the Area Technology Center to be a Certified Medicaid Nurse’s Aide. She is currently logging her hours in regard to this certification by helping take care of an elderly resident on a part time basis. She hopes to pursue a degree in education or nursing and will be attending Somerset Community College.
Likewise, Senior Alexie Baker will be attending Somerset Community College and plans to go into education or become a physician’s assistant. She has especially enjoyed their field trips to places like the Hope Lodge, which helps cancer patients and their families with lodging and transportation to the hospital.
Senior Abby Marcum has already been accepted to the Somerset Community College Cosmetology program that starts in the fall. “I’m the kind of person that likes to try my best to help people, so FCCLA is for me.”
They are attracted to the organization which includes over 20 members because they have the opportunity to serve others through a variety of service learning projects. Some of the projects they have completed include the American Cancer Hope Lodge donation project, Christmas Village/Santa Shop, Born Learning Program, Bell Elementary Fall Festival, and Head Start Celebration.
“We are currently working on an awareness campaign related to domestic and child abuse. We will be selling t-shirts to raise money to buy donations for the Bethany House,” said Shannon Foster, the advisor for the local chapter.
The officers include: Callie Foster, Abby Marcum, Dakota Stinson, and Krissy Catron. During, national FCCLA week emphasizing "Building a Future through FCCLA," the members plan to promote the club activities as well as thank their members for volunteering this year. Their schedule includes: sharing information about FCCLA on the morning announcements, social media posts about the local chapter, a secret valentine team building activity, and a group photo shoot of the club members.
Mayor Sexton urges citizens to acquaint themselves with the activities and values of FCCLA so they can encourage these Wayne County High School students to achieve knowledge and experience that will help them prepare for future responsibilities.