2019-2020 FCCLA Projects

Konquering Kindness

Konquering Kindness Presentation

Amanda Byrd presented her FCCLA project, Konquering Kindness, to the Intermediate campus last week.  She taught the kids during their PE classes about filling other people’s buckets (being kind and filling them up with good feelings).  Her presentation coincided with World Kindness Day on November 13.

Distracted Driving Simulator

driving simulator

Sophomores Kelli Geyer and Karma Herring partnered with the Texas A&M Ag Extension Office to bring a Distracted Driving Simulator to their high school. The FCCLA members are creating their project, Driving While Intexticated, to help demonstrate the dangers of teens driving while being distracted by their phones. The girls had classes sign up for two weeks in November to test drive while using their phones. In some instances students wrecked while trying to get their phones out of their pockets while some wrecked while taking their eyes off of the road to text. Overall the girls had 464 kids utilize the simulator and see just how easy it is to cause an accident. 

Social Media Safety

Social Media Safety

Devine FCCLA members Brianna Bernal and Esperanza Mendoza are spreading awareness of the dangers lurking behind the use of social media.  The girls have presented to the 60 students in the school’s Family and Community Service classes and will be presenting to other high school classes along with the intermediate school in December. The team has created an Instagram account at _socialmediasafety_fccla to also reach more people in their community. To keep the idea of being safe on social media on the minds of classmates, they have posted flyers around the school along with passing out candy with facts on them.  To help make the project be more interactive, the girls have created a contest.  The student that creates the catchiest slogan for social media safety will win a gift card donated by Bri and Espi and it will be shared on their Instagram.  The overall goal for their project is to keep everyone safe while enjoying their social media accounts.

Turkeys with a Twist of Fruit

Turkeys with a twist of fruit project

What better way to get young kids to eat fruit and healthy foods than to let them play with it and make turkeys! Devine FCCLA members Charlize Benavides, Malachi Jackson, Lupita Hernandez, Ana Escoto along with Family and Community Service class members Alyssa White, Connie Hardcastle, Dasslyn Coronado and Danna Lopez teamed up to bring Turkeys with a Twist of Fruit to the Ciavarra Elementary and Devine Intermediate School kids and parents on November 19th.  The group handed out instructions on how to build the edible turkeys and let the kids go through an assembly line of items to put on them.  The kids and parents were then able to have some fun creating together with an apple, different types of cereals, raisins, marshmallows and popcorn.  Dasslyn, Baleria and Danna handed out nutritional information to educate parents and kids on why each of the ingredients made for a healthy snack.  Overall 84 kids attended and enjoyed their afterschool snack with their parents and the Devine FCCLA kids!

Hearts Looking for Love

Presenting to City Council

In honor of National Adoption Month, Lupita Hernandez and Ana Escoto took the opportunity to present their project, Hearts Looking for Love, to the Devine City Council at their monthly meeting on November 19.  The girls explained that since Lupita was adopted 8 years ago, she is very concerned with this topic and even partnered with Bluebonnet Youth Ranch for information to help spread awareness.  This is where she had been while in the system and waiting to be adopted.  The girls also took the flyers to another FCCLA group’s function the same night which was for parents and children.  Along with the presentation, the girls kicked off the month with a scavenger hunt around the school for ribbons that signified National Adoption Month along with posting flyers in the hallways and on doors.  They hope to spread the word that many loving boys and girls of all ages are waiting for loving homes and would fit right in with their families. 

Devine Food Pantry Ministry

Food Pantry Workers

On Saturday, November 23, FCCLA members Danelly Rodriguez, Cassandra Elias and Madison Cumpian furthered their STAR event project to help the Devine Food Pantry Ministry. Chapter members Amy Bailey, Charlize Benavidez, Kylee Nixon, and Caitlyn Breiten also volunteered to help restock the shelves and organize the store room. The Pantry serves Devine and eight other surrounding towns in Medina County. The San Antonio Food Bank, Wal-Mart, USPS and HEB partner with the Pantry to provide food with weekly donations. Also, several businesses and individuals donate their money and time since none of the volunteers are paid positions. The girls’ goal is to help their community ensure that no one goes hungry.

Goal Setting in First Grade

First Grade Goals Setting

Freshmen chapter members Ebany Garcia and Barbara Merlo worked with first grade students at John J. Ciavarra Elementary on November 26 on setting goals during their campus’ Genius Hour. The girls started their sessions by asking the students what a goal was and to give examples. Once they established what goals were and why they are important, the kids played a game with laundry baskets and emoji stress balls. Ebany and Barbara set the baskets at several different distances for the kids to throw the balls into to demonstrate that some goals are hard while some are too easy. Overall there were 5 different examples of goals and with each one, the girls explained who could help them meet those goals. At the end of the game, Ebany and Barbara gave the kids a goal setting sheet to color and circle the best one for them. The 68 first graders that attended the girls’ station enjoyed the game and learned more about being successful goal setters.

Freshman Class Advisory

Freshman Class Meeting

On November 26 Devine High School held a special assembly in the Student Activity Center for the freshman class. Caitlyn Breiten and Josette Villanueva presented their project Behind the Screens to 115 ninth graders informing them of the dangers of being addicted to electronics. The girls first surveyed the group to see how many hours they spent on their phones a week and then showed them how to find it on their phones to see their actual time usage. Most students were shocked at their time! Caitlyn and JoJo then showed them a list of physical side effects associated with cyber addiction. Most students in the auditorium were able to raise their hands when asked if they had experienced any of them. Overall many students let the girls know that they appreciated their project because they were not aware of all of the dangers from too much screen time.

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