High school club ends the year by giving back

RECTOR, AR (KAIT) –The FCCLA (Family Career Community Leader of America) at Rector High School is working to better their community by giving back beyond their city limits.

The FCCLA makes blankets for children at St. Jude Children's Hospital every year, but this year it'll be a little more special. For the first time ever, they'll tour St. Jude and meet the patients who will receive those blankets.

"I just want to put a smile on somebody's face and if I get to walk into a little kid's room and they have my blanket, I want to see that smile," said Senior Courtney Shepard.

Senior, Lindsey Ford, said she's looking forward to be a part of the blanket delivery she's never experienced before.

"We always send them but we only see one side of it," said Ford. "We only send the blankets we never get to see them received, so that's real exciting to get to see that this time."

This is just one of many projects the group works on. They're heavily involved in their community, and can be seen at the preschool helping out.

"I think this is great for the high school students, because it helps them see what it's like to work in the school system," said Rector Preschool Director Brittany Hemphill. "It gives them a chance to really give back to the community, which is so important especially in a small town like ours."

Giving back to the community and making a difference is exactly why sophomore Sam Westbrook, decided to join.

"The best part is working in the environment, going out to visit the kids and seeing the smile on their faces," said Westbrook.

Shepard has been a part of FCCLA all four years of High School, and said it's one of the best clubs to be a part of.

"I think this is a perfect program to join if you want to maybe become a teacher in the future," said Shepard. "This is something you can get into because you get to interact with the kids."

The FCCLA has also been collecting gifts and money donations for St. Jude. Their visit to Memphis is set for the first week in January.

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