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FCCLA Presents Focus on Children Project at State Leadership Conference
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The Grand River Technical School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) chapter sent four students and one advisor to the state Leadership Conference in Tan-Tar-A on March 11-13. Students participating in the conference were Jylian Davis (Chillicothe), Lindsay Eckert (Chillicothe), Haley Eckert (Meadville) and Katie Jones (Bosworth). They were accompanied by advisor Pam Miller. These students are all students in the Early Childhood Professions class at Grand River Technical School.

Jylian Davis, Haley Eckert and Lindsay Eckert participated in STAR events (Students Taking Action with Recognition). STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. These students participated at the regional level in January at First Baptist Church in Trenton. At the regional level, the top two groups receiving a gold medal in each category advance to the state level of competition. At the state level, the top two groups receiving gold in each category who wish to participate in national competition advance to the national level. Jylian, Haley and Lindsay chose not to advance to the national competition in Atlanta this summer.

Jylian, Haley and Lindsay developed a project on Cyber Bullying in an event called Focus on the Children. Focus on Children is an individual or team event that recognizes participants who use Family and Consumer Sciences skills to plan and conduct a child development project that has a positive impact on children and the community. Child development encompasses birth through adolescence. The students made presentations to three Central School 5th grade classrooms in November. Their presentations involved a pre- and post-survey, role playing and information for the fifth graders on the dangers of cyberbullying. From there, they created their project which included a display and a ten minute speech.

Katie Jones also accompanied the group. All students participated in leadership workshops and programs and other activities at the conference. Katie served as the district's Region II representative at the Region II meeting held on the last day of the conference.

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