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The Blade – A Fun Look at Some Beautiful Kitchens

This coming weekend the Friends of the FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) are sponsoring a Kitchen Walk as a fundraiser for the organization. It will be held from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, May 16th.

Three local businesses are helping to sponsor this event: Dave’s Supermarket, Once ‘n Again, and Heart’s Desire.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Heart’s Desire, A Head of Style, Heartland Bank, Bluestem Bank, Chenoa Pharmacy, Sunshine Fitness, or Serendipity. Eight gracious community hosts will be included on this year’s walk:

John and Connie Rich – 100 East Ash St, Fairbury

CJ and Allison Kaiser – 912 N Jackson St, Fairbury

Dale and Donna Banwart – 4 Carter Drive, Fairbury

Mark and Judy Hartman – 410 N 10th Street, Fairbury

Patrick and Angie Huette – 108 West Amber Drive, Fairbury

Dave and Kelly Frambes – 411 E Walnut Street, Fairbury

Roger and Crystal Miller – 8264 N 1900 East Road, Fairbury

Marion and Jeannea Shier – 1 Rutherford Lane, Chenoa

The FCCLA is a national Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education. Everyone is part of a family, and FCCLA is the ONLY national Career and Technical Student Organization with the family as its central focus.

Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Prairie Central’s FCCLA chapter is one of 5,500 active chapters in the 50 states. Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence, and career exploration. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life — planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication — necessary in the home and workplace.

Our Prairie Central FCCLA chapter is traveling to National Conference in Washington, DC this year with 14 qualifying delegates and a newly elected State Officer! These young men and women who qualified at State Conference in Springfield in April, have worked all year on their STAR events. STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) recognize members for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.

Friends of FCCLA is an alumni/family member based organization that was formed in 2010 to assist the adviser and the Prairie Central FCCLA members. They work closely with the organization by helping raise money for leadership activities and helping organize, chaperone and work at their events.

Friends of FCCLA Board Members include, Jeannea Shier, Jamie Nowak, Tracy Fogarty, Dawn Meiss, Rachel Vercler, Kelli Bell, Lexi Nagel, Bryce Nowak and Savannah Shores (student representative). Questions can be forwarded to Jamie Nowak at nowaksj@frontier.com

Help support this worthy organization! Come out and view these beautiful homes and kitchens in an effort to support our Prairie Central FCCLA chapter and its national delegates. These young adults work hard and are making a difference in the lives of others!

“Events such as these are great for the entire area, bringing folks to town, and making our communities fun places to live, work and play,” says Bobbi McKeon, coordinator of the Specialty Shops.