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Lake Park/Audubon students busy with competition, helping

LAKE PARK/AUDUBON - Members of the Lake Park-Audubon FCCLA chapter have been busy competing in STAR events, making Valentines and more.

FCCLA, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, is the youth organization that supports the Family and Consumer Science curriculum.

Valentines for Seniors

FCCLA members brightened the Valentine holiday for seniors of the Lake Park Senior Housing Complexes.

Chloe Hanson and Rachel Carlson made 20 embroidered heart-shaped pillows for the residents of the Lake Park Senior Housing apartment buildings. Students got the names of residents and used the FACS department embroidery machines to place first names on the pillows to personalize each pillow.

Attached to each pillow was a gift bag with hot chocolate and apple cider packets and a note that read "a heart filled wish to brighten your day, we hope this warms your spirit in the most devoted way."

"We got so many hugs from the residents that it became a special day for us as well," said member Chloe Hanson.

Paws for a Cause

FCCLA members have adopted the Humane Society of the Lakes to help and assist the needs of the animals at the shelter.

Maria Veit, Kelsey Anderson, and Andrea Knudsvig, eighth graders, planned, organized and hosted a "Mutt Strutt" Valentines Dance to help promote the needs of the shelter. They raised $400 plus several items from the shelter's "wish list."

Students visited the shelter in January to make a needs assessment. From that visit, the students decided to host a dance to raise funds and items that the shelter needed. The humane society opened its new shelter in 2006 and can house up to 50 animals at one time.

From their research, the members found that over 3 million shelter cats and dogs are euthanized each year in the United States.

"Obviously, we cannot save every animal, but we hope to make a difference in our local community," said member Andrea Knudsvig.

The shelter is always seeking more volunteers and supplies. If you would like to help with the shelter needs, check out their Web site at

STAR events competition

Fifty-five members of the LP-A FCCLA chapter competed at the Region 6 STAR Events competition in Wadena on Monday, Feb. 25. Some of the STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) event topics included Energy Drink Dangers, American Cancer Society, Chapter Showcase Display, Chapter Service, National Programs in Action, Interior Design, Abuse of Prescription Drugs, Toy Safety, Global Warming, Suicide Prevention, Internet Safety, It's About Kids, Cards for Troops, Valentines for Seniors, Scrub Bug Germs, Pillows for Homeless Shelter, Humane Society, Healthy Hearts, Feed the Children, Focus on Children and Poverty Prevention.

Fifty members received gold medal placing, which qualifies them to attend the state convention in Bloomington on April 24-26. In addition, two senior high teams of talent were selected first in the region competition and will perform at the state conference.

If you have a civic group that is interested in having a team present at your next function or meeting, call the LP-A FCCLA Advisor Cheryl Hogie at the LPA High School.

Cuddles for a Cause

Members from the Lake Park-Audubon FCCLA chapter made 18 embroidered fleece pillows that will be delivered to the Churches United Homeless Shelter on Maundy Thursday. The LP-A FCCLA chapter will help prepare and serve the evening meal as well as help to stock the food pantry and organize the transitional housing items.

Ten mentor members will work with the junior high members in this cooperative effort of helping to support the homeless shelter. The pillows are a result of a project Caitlyn Wavra and Ashley Thompson did to utilize some of the left over sewing supplies from the FACS department.