Howland students learn lifelong lessons
HOWLAND — Students in Howland High School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Club are learning lessons that will help them beyond high school.
“By focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader, our members are able to develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge and career preparation,” club adviser Shannon Stevens said.
The club has spent the first part of the school year participating in activities and projects promoting personal growth and leadership development.
In October, students in the 34-member club began volunteering with the Healthy Hearts and Paws Project in Brookfield by walking shelter dogs. Club members also read monthly to students at Howland Springs Primary School and will begin a pen pal writing project at the beginning of 2022.
Other club activities this year have included a Veterans Day Project for the Vienna VFW Post 3521; a schoolwide kindness project; and a holiday coloring book donation drive to benefit patients at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley in Boardman.
“Although there are many other clubs that do volunteer work like FCCLA, it truly feels like the work I do for this organization actually makes a difference,” club member Aftyn Bogus said. “One reason I love this organization is because I often get to see the results of my time and efforts that I spend volunteering, whether that’s pictures or even watching first-hand the joy that we are spreading.”
Club member Grant Brown said he has learned through FCCLA how to put others before himself.
“Most people’s number one goal in life is to satisfy their needs, but contrary to our selfish belief, we find more happiness when serving others,” Brown said.
Andrea Reilly, another club member, said she has especially enjoyed walking dogs and reading to the younger kids. She said the club has helped her learn the importance of helping out around the community.
FCCLA is the national student organization for Family and Consumer Sciences.