pies
As area families sit down to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal together this Thursday, chances are they’ll be savoring a pie made by Wessington Springs High School (WSHS) students, as part of a long-standing local tradition. The service-oriented effort kicks off a series of projects FCCLA students will undertake over the next month, focused on giving back during the holidays. While dozens of WSHS students took part in baking hundreds of pies during the last several days, the student baking crew shown above is made up of several foreign exchange students, who are gaining not only hands-on culinary experience but also an up-close-and-personal peek into American culture as they prepare to celebrate their first Thanksgiving in the United States. Shown left to right in the foreground are Spanish exchange students Sergio Nunez and Pablo Garcia with French exchange student Alex Puget. Working on pie crusts in the background are (left to right) Emma Lammey, Cheyenne Burg, Spanish exchange student Blanca Ull and Jack Neely.
Holiday pie baking action was in full swing at Wessington Springs High School (WSHS) with more than 200 pies sold through the annual Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) pie sale. The yearly pie sale is the group's biggest fundraiser and helps fund student FCCLA projects throughout the year. 
 
The service-oriented effort kicks off a series of projects that FCCLA students will undertake over the next month, focused on giving back during the holidays. 
 
“I always require my classes to do a service project,” stated Charlotte Mohling, Family & Consumer Sciences/Technology Skills/Curriculum Director, and who has led FCCLA students for decades. “While we take on service projects throughout the year, we are concentrating our efforts throughout this holiday season.”
 
Pie baking kicks off the ramped up service-effort, with set-up and coordination of a community Angel Tree to follow. 
 
“The event management class gets recommendations from elementary school teachers on families who might need a little help this Christmas,” said Emma Lammey, WSHS senior and local FCCLA Chapter President, of the Angel Tree located at American Bank & Trust in Wessington Springs. “It’s one of the ways we can all give back to the community.”  
 
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