The Wayne County High School chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) has looked much different this year. However, the changes that COVID has brought about has not stopped two Wayne County High School students. Shaylie Dobbs (president) and Shelby Bell (vice president) have led FCCLA virtually.
They recently completed a worthwhile service learning project related to Child Abuse Prevention month. They created a campaign to gather donations for the local social workers at Protection and Permanency. They asked faculty and staff at Wayne County High School to donate items such as face masks, sanitizer, and goodies that they could use as they work with children and families of Wayne County. Shaylie and Shelby also asked the faculty to write thank you notes to the social workers. They then took those notes and created a scrapbook to present to them with the donation boxes.
Students in Shannon Foster’s Early Life Span high school class also created signs related to prevention and reporting of child/elder abuse as they collaborated with FCCLA on this project. On April 16, the two officers met with local Supervisor Tracy Patton at the Department for Community Based Service Division of Protection and Permanency office. After presenting her with the gifts, they hung up signs in the window of the local DCBS/Protection and Permanency window.
“I am so proud of my officers for choosing to complete this service learning project. It has been a tough year to complete service learning due to COVID regulations but I feel that this was a very worthy project. Shaylie and Shelby displayed a great deal of leadership in accomplishing this.” said Shannon Foster, Family & Consumer Science Teacher/ FCCLA Adviser
“Children are vulnerable; they trust the people they love, but it is taken advantage of more than it should be. All children deserve love and care, and no one should take that away," said Taylor Massengale
"Each and every service-learning project teaches you a lesson. You walk away with something that impacts you. Of course, this service learning project was no different. Sadly, child abuse not only runs rampant in Kentucky, but more specifically Wayne County. On the front line of dealing with these issues are some wonderful women who witness some very undesirable situations. Being able to thank them with two simple baskets of goodies meant the world to them. I am so grateful I got to be a part of such a humbling project because now more than ever I know I need to thank those who deal with child abuse first-hand, such as police officers and social workers,” noted Shaylie Dobbs
Shelby Bell added, "Social workers speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
Shaylie Dobbs, Denise Ray, Taylor McGaw, Tracy Patton, and Shelby Bell
Shaylie Dobbs and Shelby Bell hanging up hand made signs designed by the high school Early Life Span Development class
Graffiti Wall sign by Taylor Massengale
Prevention sign by Bailey Hodge