Doltinn Brown, Payton Gentry, and Erika Taylor from Antlers High School FCCLA Chapter joined over 350 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America students and advisers at the Oklahoma State Capitol for FACS Day at the Capitol. The day's activities were planned by the Oklahoma Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences and coordinated by Legislative Chairmen Ann Heard and Cindy Franks.
The February 21st event was designed to stress the importance of being a young leader in their families, careers, and communities. More than 350 students, representing over 55 chapters registered to attend the event, as well as the 11 state FCCLA officers and representatives from Oklahoma State University and East Central University.
The purpose of the visit was to meet with Oklahoma representatives and senators to update them on activities of FCCLA chapters in their legislative districts and to thank them for supporting the FACS program. Students had the opportunity to tour the capitol and be introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate.
"It was an exciting day,” said Carolyn Cotton, OATFACS adviser. “A record number of students and advisers participated in this year's activities."
Shelley Moyer, Antlers FCCLA Advisor, stated the students were able to meet with our local Representative RC Pruett and Senator Jerry Ellis in their offices. They were informed the group of students about some important legislation that they (Pruett and Ellis) would be voting on in the near future. It was a very educational and informative day.
FCCLA is a dynamic national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through CareerTech's Family and Consumer Sciences Education. The organization is unique among youth organizations because it is the only CareerTech in-school student organization with the family as its central focus.
FCCLA is one of seven CareerTech student organizations affiliated with CareerTech career areas. The other six include FFA and Agricultural Education, BPA and Business and Information Technology Education, HOSA and Health Careers Education, DECA and Marketing Education, TSA and Technology Engineering, and SkillsUSA and Trade and Industrial Education.