Since the announcement that six local students earned a place at the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA, they have been working diligently, hosting a wide variety of fundraisers to help pay for the trip to southern California.
This Sunday, June 23, the community has a chance to help them accomplish their goal at their final fundraiser before heading south next week. The students — Linzi Olinger, Houston Mees, Chasity Vissia, Brock Stevens, Emma Lammey and Sarah Ratterman — are hosting a send-off breakfast/brunch featuring biscuits and gravy, egg bake, pancakes and fruit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion in Wessington Springs.
From hosting bake sales and concessions to making meals for men’s and women’s golf league, to golf cart washes and selling squares on a board, the students said they are nearing their fundraising goal and are grateful for the community support they have received throughout this process.
In addition to the students earning a trip to compete and judge on the national stage, Charlotte Mohling, chapter adviser, was recognized as the state winner for the Spirit of Advising Award. She will receive the award at Nationals in Anaheim.
FCCLA stands for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America and was first established in 1945. FCCLA was chartered in South Dakota in 1946. FCCLA is the only youth-led organization with the family as its central focus. This career-technical student organization prepares youth to assume adult roles in society as wage earners, community leaders, and caring family members by giving them important life skills needed to thrive in their families, careers, and communities. Members learn how to be active community leaders, caring family members, and prepare for life beyond high school.