Family, Career and Community Leaders of America celebrates National FCCLA Week

As a Career and Technical Student Organization, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) promotes personal growth through leadership development and career preparation for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA provides members opportunities to develop life skills, including character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, and practical knowledge.

The local Houston High chapter of FCCLA serves the school as well as the Germantown and surrounding community through a variety of service projects. They began the school year by partnering with Smoothie King to sell smoothies after school as a fundraiser to donate to St. Jude in honor of a Houston student currently being treated there, Allie Allen. In September, FCCLA implemented one of the organization’s National Program in Action, AT&T’s It Can Wait Campaign, which combats texting and driving. The weeklong campaign took place September 12th through the 16th in order to coincide with the program’s National Pledge Day, September 14th. The group asked all students and faculty to wear blue to spread awareness in the community for the growing concern of texting and driving, which is particularly prevalent among young drivers.

Every October, FCCLA hosts a Halloween party for the special education students at Houston. Chapter members get involved by helping the special ed students decorate cookies, make crafts, and play Halloween themed games. In February, we host a similar party for the special education students to celebrate Valentine’s Day. For both events, members volunteer their time to decorate and organize the party as well as volunteer their lunch time during the actual event and clean up following. Both the special ed students as well as FCCLA members enjoy these events every year as a way to make our school a happy and fun environment.

This December, FCCLA participated in a Midsouth Food Bank can drive, offering students tickets to a “Cookies with Santa” luncheon in exchange for three unexpired canned goods. We collected over 400 cans during the week of the can drive and the “Cookies with Santa” luncheon at the end of the week was a great success, where students decorated cookies and enjoyed hot cocoa while listening to festive holiday music and taking pictures with Santa.

National FCCLA Week takes place February 7th through 13th. This year’s theme focuses on students empowering themselves to do great things by making the right choices as students, FCCLA members, and leaders of their communities. The purpose of FCCLA Week regards advocating awareness of the organization and its mission to prepare students for life as successful family and community leaders following high school. The week’s theme promotes media publicity, partnerships, teamwork, appreciation, and intuition for the purpose of ensuring success and continued success in FCCLA’s future. The national website ( provides further information regarding FCCLA week and the organization as a whole.

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