FCCLA is one of the many clubs Oak Park students can participate in. FCCLA stands for Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America. FCCLA prepares students for future leadership or profession roles in family and community areas. The requirements to join are participation in FACS class and attendance at meetings.

“FCCLA is a nationally recognized organization that focuses on family first. FCCLA chapters participate by being active leaders in their communities. They also can participate in the STAR events competitions,” sponsor and FACS teacher Sarah Lorenson said.

The Oak Park chapter of FCCLA meets every other Tuesday at the school. Outside of school there are community service projects the club works on, they also go to competitions.

“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,” according to the official FCCLA website.

The most popular events for OP students to participate in include sewing and cooking.

“We usually try to do at least 2 community services projects each year. We also participate in STAR events,” Sarah Lorenson said.

The club’s biggest event is Santa’s Workshop, which takes place in December. The club sets up a Winter Wonderland for children to come and enjoy. FCCLA does a different community service projectin the spring semester. In competition, students can compete in events such as lesson planning, cooking, and sewing. FCCLA is always welcoming new members.

“[One should join FCCLA] to have fun, and to be engaging members of our Oak Park family,” Lorenson said.