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FCCLA: Leading through community service and career exploration

Members pose at Piedmont Community Breast Cancer Walk.


FCCLA stands for Family, Career, and Community leaders of America. The PRHS chapter provides opportunities for enriched learning and is a safe place for all youth to grow, learn, and lead. The club seeks to have a positive impact and foster leadership while helping members develop their own talents and gifts and invest in others.

While engaging students through career exploration and leadership development, the club also encourages teachers to support Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Members learn employability skills by developing teamwork, creativity, leadership, responsibility, and time management skills, learning directly from industry professionals, and by exploring opportunities to practice and develop these skills.

When asked what she enjoyed about sponsoring FCCLA, club sponsor Lisa Goldberg commented, “I like running the club so that girls have the opportunity to develop life skills and friendships that will last a lifetime.”

President sophomore Farrah Funderburk added, “FCCLA has changed my life in so many ways and all for the better! I love seeing our group come together changing this community, not only changing the people around us but also changing ourselves. I have learned so many new skills by being in this club such as leadership, confidence and integrity. I love every second of time spent with my club. Knowing you have people to go through high school with, to lean on, is so relieving. I have thoroughly enjoyed being the president of FCCLA the past two years; it has helped me and will continue to help me throughout life.”

Member sophomore Emma McDaniel stated,“The club ensures bonding of friendships and allows us to see a new perspective on leadership.”

This year the club has already participated in multiple fun activities. In September the members made bookmarks for Sardis Elementary School and wrote cards and sent them to Levine Cancer Institute. Members of the club walked in the Piedmont Breast Cancer Walk, held a schoolwide PinkOut to support breast cancer survivors and participated in the first PR Fall Fest and Trunk or Treat in October. So far this month the club finalized its coupon book fundraiser and created decorative leaf jars for their families to use at Thanksgiving.

The club’s goal is to do a lot of community service and a lot of volunteering to help change someone’s life, and at the same time, enjoy every minute that is spent in FCCLA learning or helping. The club members want this year to be even more successful than last year, hoping that all members feel comfortable and excited to learn and help others.

Stay tuned to see how FCCLA helps the PR community while promoting and encouraging student leadership!

Joudy Al Hakim-FCCLA Secretary