GREENVILLE – Greenville High School junior students Barbara-Ann Grant and Haylee Rohr successfully collected a total of 175 items for the Community Action Partnership (CAP) for their Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) project.
FCCLA is a non-profit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) education, in public and private schools through grade 12. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through FCS education.
This year, Grant and Rohr both enrolled in GHS Career-Technical (C-Tech) Program Careers with Children. C-Tech Careers with Children Teacher Amy Schoen makes it mandatory that students in the program join FCCLA, Grant said.
“Since we’ve been doing this program, we have really enjoyed working together and becoming new friends,” Grant said. “The main things we are gaining from this program are leadership skills, and how to work better in a team.”
According to Grant, the two ladies really struggled to find a topic that they felt strongly about, and that was current and relevant for their FCCLA project.
“While doing research, we came across homelessness and learned quickly that it is a growing problem in America,” Grant said. “564,708 people in the United States experience being homeless, nightly, and 36,907 of them are children. The last known statistics in Darke County were 19 homeless, 25 living in the shelter – one being a child.”
They decided to try make a difference in the community by raising awareness of the homelessness in Darke County. They placed drop – off boxes at the schools collecting items, such as: toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, diapers and baby wipes. They also received a $20 dollar Walmart gift card to donate to CAP.
“Barbara Ann and Haylee have worked really hard on this project,” Schoen said. “They approached me and said that they wanted to help our local homeless shelter. They presented their plan to me and they had to reach out and make contact with Community Action Partnership. They were also able to get students from Greenville High School as well as preschool children from Greenville Learning Center involved in this project. I am very proud of all Barbara Ann and Haylee were able to accomplish. They will be presenting this project at the State FCCLA competition in April.”
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