GALLERY: AHS students ‘Find Space’ during annual FCCLA Week

Published 9:15 am Monday, February 27, 2023

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In honor of Career and Technical Education Month and Black History Month, Andalusia High School’s chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America held their annual FCCLA Week from Feb. 13-17.

FCCLA is the career and technical student organization for Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) formerly known as Home Economics. Jana Clark is the AHS FACS teacher and sponsor of FCCLA.

Every year, the FCCLA officers either use the National FCCLA theme for the week or create their own. The theme the officers chose for this year was “Find YOUR Space.” This theme also goes along with the school theme: “Get Involved, Be Invested, and Take Ownership.” This was not only the theme for FCCLA Week, but it has been the club’s theme throughout the current school year. Whether it is being involved in a school club, sport, or activity or being involved in a volunteer effort outside of school, AHS FCCLA hopes to help everyone find their space in 2023 because everyone wants to belong to something larger than themselves.

The themes for each day of FCCLA Week were as follows:

Monday, Feb. 13: “When you’re involved, you are the STAR!”
In honor of Black History Month and Career and Technical Education Month, FCCLA encourages you to look to inspirational leaders of both past and present such as Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, and Marion Jones, who used/uses their involvement for good. On the hallway walls, the students could find quotes from these leaders as well as others, such as Audrey Hepburn, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, and Jane Goodall. From the Civil Rights Movement, Presidency, and science to acting, animal research, and poetry, these leaders used or uses their involvement to be the change they want to see in the world. PIP teachers passed out Starburst candies to each student as a reminder to “Find Your Space in 2023.” The AHS students also received information on FCCLA’s Art Heart competition.

Tuesday, Feb. 14: “Love YOUR Space!”
AHS students were asked to show love for their “space” by wearing their favorite club, band, choir, sport, or volunteer t-shirt!

Wednesday, Feb. 15: “Own Your Space”
FCCLA officers wore necklaces that the student body has the opportunity to ‘steal’ if they failed to state ‘Find YOUR Space’ after everything they said. These necklaces had quotes about involvement and ways to find your space on the back of them that the officers read during each class. If a student ‘stole’ the necklace, they had to continue the game and say ‘Find YOUR Space’ after everything they said. The students who had a necklace at the end of the day won a prize.

Thursday, Feb. 16: “Our Members = Our Space”
FCCLA treated its members to “Muffins with Members” during PIP to show their appreciation for their dedicated members. Seven groups of FCCLA members also stayed after school to make Project Linus blankets that will later be donated to Comfort Care Hospice and the Cancer Center.

Friday, Feb. 17: “Thank Those Who Have Impacted Your Space”
This day was also known as Teacher Appreciation Day. FCCLA officers, members, and other AHS students wrote each AHS faculty and staff member a thank you note that was placed in their mailbox, and FCCLA also gave them a sweet treat that aligned with the week’s theme.