Helping Through the Holidays: FCCLA Student Supports Selah Families!
Selah High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) member, Maury Falcon, made a difference in the lives of her fellow Vikings this winter by spearheading a project Helping Through the Holidays, where she worked to assist the Selah School District in securing donations for Project 700. In doing so, she partnered with Jared Brink, a fourth-grade teacher at Selah Intermediate School and Project 700 organizer for the District.
Project 700 is a community service venture hosted by the Yakima Salvation Army which aims to provide local valley students in need with warm clothing for the winter. The Salvation Army helps fund the purchasing of clothes for students in participating districts and in Selah, the District worked to raise money from local businesses and community members to assist additional students.
For her project, Maury set a goal to raise enough money from the Selah High School community in order to support five elementary students in receiving the clothing they needed. Maury worked with teachers and administrators to organize the project and presented her idea to the high school staff, a task that could be daunting for a freshman! Maury also organized an advisory competition at the high school called Change for Change to earn money to support the goals of Project 700. As part of the competition, students donated spare change to support the project, and in only three days over $850 was raised. Students might have had extra incentive to keep donating to the project as the winning advisory classes received an opportunity to toss a pie in the face of high school administrators during the school’s holiday assembly. With the money raised, Maury exceeded her original goal of supporting five students with an additional four. Thank you to everyone who donated Change for Change and the winning advisory classes were: Overall Winner/Senior Advisory Winner: Mrs. Jochen’s class; Junior Advisory Winner: Mrs. McCartney’s class; Sophomore Advisory Winner: Mr. Nugent’s class; and Freshman Advisory Winner: Mr. Piatt’s class.
After collecting the donations, Maury then organized her fellow FCCLA chapter members into a shopping trip to Old Navy, a Project 700 community partner. Students donated their time to shop for kids' winter clothing items based on their sizes and style preferences. The excitement of the holidays and the spirit of helping was contagious and was capped by delivering the items to the appreciative Selah families. Thank you to FCCLA students for their hard work and to Maury for the leadership she showed throughout the project.
FCCLA is a Career and Technical Student Organization that focuses on equipping students with real-world skills through Family and Consumer Sciences Education by preparing for careers through their four Career Pathways: Human Services, Hospitality and Tourism, Education and Training and Visual Arts and Design. FCCLA members will strengthen their skills, forge friendships, and make a positive difference in today’s world through participation in competitive events, serving in leadership positions, attending conferences across the nation, networking with youth leaders, and attaining essential college- and career-ready skills. FCCLA is advised at Selah High School by Shari Brink and Maggie Uceny.