Posted Date: 12/21/2018
With the introduction of FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) at Royster Middle School, there are more students getting involved in service learning and community service projects at the school.
Recently, a group of middle schoolers organized a drive for hygiene products so they could create care packages for students in the foster care system served by KVC in Chanute.
“Foster Kids don’t have things at home,” said seventh grader Parker Ranz. Sometimes they get pulled from their home suddenly and don’t get to take much with them.
Michelle Hockett, a supervisor at KVC, said they can use items like shampoo, deodorant, blankets, even diapers, wipes and baby bottles.
“We get all ages, from babies to teenagers,” she said. “Usually what we do with those items is we put them in a bag, then we hand them out as kids come into (KVC) custody.”
Jaydin Clounch said the group settled on the care package project “because it was helping those in need.”
The Leadership Service in Action component of FCCLA introduces students to community service, but it also teaches them how to lead projects, by requiring them to “develop, plan, carry out and evaluate projects that improve the quality of life in their communities.” FCCLA refers to this as service learning, the integration of meaningful community service “with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.”
Hunter Anderson said the group organized a school drive for items such as shampoo and conditioners, deodorant, toothpaste and brushes and enlisted help from all the Rocket Time classes in the school.
“We got a lot,” Anderson said, and then held some fundraisers to purchase other items they still needed, like hair ties and razors.
The students sorted all the items into boxes placed on four long tables in a square. Some volunteers walked around the tables with a sack that the FCCLA members filled with hygiene products designated for males or females. FCCLA Sponsor Sheila Roster-Ruckle said they created about 75 care packages for KVC.
“I think that it’s good that we’re helping other people,” sixth grader Keeleigh Yohe said.