FCCLA is in charge of the Character+ project for the month of February. Our character word for the month is sincerity. The community service project that we have chosen is called “Show-Me Hunger: Unite the Fight”. This project is a statewide effort coordinated by Missouri’s Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO’s) (FCCLA, FFA and FBLA at Van-Far). Unite the Fight is a partnership with the Missouri Food Bank Association.
The goal of the Show-Me Hunger project is to help feed hungry Missourians and to raise awareness for hunger in local communities. Statistics show that one in eight Missourians receive emergency food assistance every year, and 24.8 percent of Missouri children live in households experiencing food insecurity. In the 2011-2012 school year nearly 75,000 students participated Missouri’s Career and Technical Student Organization. The CTSOs provide opportunities for students to develop employability skills, including leadership, communication, problem-solving and team work skills. FCCLA is sponsoring a month long food drive. This is a contest between fifth hour classes. We are asking members of their fifth hour class to bring nonperishable food items that are not expired to their classroom. Once a week, the FCS Department will collect the food that was collected during that week. Mrs. Klott will keep a running total of the food that has been donated. At the end of the month, the class with the most nonperishable food items collected will be honored with a surprise.
Unite the Fight also accepts cash donations. We are asking that each teacher also have a collection of cash for this cause. Again the FCS Department will collect the cash and will be accounted for each week. The fifth hour class with the largest cash donation at the end of the month will also receive a surprise at the end of the month. FCCLA and all CTSO’s would like to see our whole student body become involved in this is a state wide contest. Let’s show others in our state that Van-Far can Unite The Fight between classes and end hunger in our community.
All donations will be kept local through the area food pantry.
Each Monday, Mrs. Klott will post in the announcements how much each classroom has collected. We strongly feel that this is a tremendous need in our community. We highly encourage students to get involved in this effort. Community service is an active part of preparing students for their future in their homes, schools and communities. We can all do a little more to help those in need. Let Unite The Fight Begin…