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Community rallies behind FCCLA students

Talk about your community support.

Back at the start of February, Thomas Hunter Middle School Family and Consumer Science teacher Michelle Williams spread the word on social media that members of the school’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Inc. chapter had the opportunity to attend a state FCCLA conference, but there was one problem: paying for this overnight trip.

“Sadly, for many students, this trip was going to be an insurmountable financial obstacle for their families,” Williams said. That’s when the community stepped up.

In less than three weeks, businesses, former students and community members eagerly contributed more than $9,000 to make it possible for 17 students to attend the FCCLA Leadership and Recognition Conference in Virginia Beach on April 13-16.

“I am so blessed by how this community has rallied around this program and my students,” Williams said.

This is the first year that FCCLA has had a chapter at Thomas Hunter since the retirement ...

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