Fall Activities Keep FCCLA Members Busy


FCCLA members pose for a group photo in preparation for their October planning meeting in Van Buren.

Makayla Clevenger and Shannon Graham

To become a member of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) interested individuals need to have taken at least one Family and Consumer Science class and pay the yearly dues of $12.

The main fall activity undertaken by this group is the Turkey Challenge. This competition among the classes focuses on collecting food to feed five families for a month.

“This is our 8th annual turkey challenge. We have served over 50 local families,” Pamela House, FCCLA sponsor, said.

Students in 3A classes compete against each other for the ultimate prize of a pizza party after Thanksgiving break.

“We always meet our goal of feeding 5-6 families per year and give them enough food for a month,” House said.

Collections began October 23 and end December 7. Non-perishable food items, tea and, even Ramen noodles, earn each class points.

Besides the Turkey Challenge, FCCLA members attended a planning and election meeting at Fort Smith Southside High School on October 18. This will be followed up by a larger meeting in Van Buren on November 8.


FCCLA members pose for a group photo in preparation for their October planning meeting in Van Buren.

House said that “500 students from all over Northwest Arkansas” will be in attendance at this meeting.

One FCCLA member, Raelynn Bryant, will play a bigger role than most students at this conference. Bryant completed an office at the fall district meeting and was elected District 1 FCCLA Parliamentarian.

Bryant, a junior, said,  “I ran for state to make a bigger difference than we were already making.”

Bryant plans to focus her efforts on foster parenting as she fulfills the duties of her district office

“We don’t have enough foster parents. I hope to encourage people to sign up [as] foster parents. Even if they just foster a child or children for a week, they are giving them somewhere to stay,” said Bryant.