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Hopewell High School Family Consumer Science (FCS) class has become an integral presence at events at Hopewell Community Park. For the past three events, they have baked the cookies for decorating, crafts for attendees to make, and hot chocolate to keep everyone warm. We are certainly enjoying the partnership being created. Because of their hard work and dedication to the community a few of them were honored at the state level. Please read more below on these awesome achievements.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a student run organization that promotes personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA is the only career and technical student organization with family as its central focus. FCCLA’s mission is to make a different in their families, careers, and communities by addressing personal important personal, work, and societal issues. FCCLA members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communications, practical knowledge and career preparation. Through Hopewell’s Family and Consumer Science department students participate in a variety of community service projects including making tote bags for cancer patients, constructing hats for NICU babies, and making baked goods for the park. Throughout the year we participate in a variety of fundraising opportunities so that we are able to enhance our curriculum and experiences with field trips and conferences. Conferences provide members with an opportunity to be recognized for their hard work through competitive events and to attend leadership training.
At this year’s state leadership conference Hopewell’s FCCLA chapter was recognized for participating in three national programs: power of one, career connection, and community service. Additionally two students participated in a food innovation challenge event where they designed their own original recipe for a vegan entrée. Students also had to create a nutrition label, calculate the cost of the meal, and create a food package design. The students created a display board outlining their project and presented an 8 minute oral presentation to a panel of judges. These students received a silver medal and were awarded $16,000 in scholarships.
Additionally another student participated in a life event planning event. The student chose to plan a spring break vacation to Myrtle Beach by determining how much she could save from her minimum wage job and what her maximum budget would be for the vacation. It was also important for this project to do comparison shopping (hotels) and complete a budget form. The student chose to create a portfolio and presented the project to a panel of judges. This student earned a bronze medal and was awarded $6,000 in scholarships.