BLOOMINGDALE — Early childhood education students learned about leadership, teamwork and communication at the annual Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Fall Leadership Conference on Oct. 10-11.
ECE Instructor and FCCLA Adviser Becky Kelley joined aide Brooke Wilson and seniors Keerstin Drake, Karlee Warren and Lita Bennett for the trip to the Heartland Retreat Center in Marengo near Mount Vernon. This year’s theme was Incredible FCCLA and about 200 students from across Ohio were in attendance. The teens were split into 14 different teams to take part in Incredible Race contests and the JVS members ultimately placed second along with students from the Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia.
“They did activities with teams from other schools and everyone took a turn in the challenge,” Kelley said. “There were a variety of different challenges in the Incredible Race and they also learned about communication and leadership.”
Participants also heard from Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ohio Department of Public Safety officials about safe driving and played games such as Nine Square and human foosball. Kelley said the JVS chapter has attended at least three similar events in the past but she found this one the most memorable.
“I watched the students grow in the couple days they spent there and I’m excited to see what they do here in the classroom with the leadership skills they learned,” she added.
Formed in 1945, the FCCLA is a career and technical student organization that functions as an integral part of the family and consumer sciences education curriculum and operates within the school system. Members have addressed important personal, work and societal issues and participated in competitive events, community service opportunities, student leadership and leadership conferences. In turn, they have developed real-world skills, explored career pathways and become college- and career-ready.
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