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Inspire By Example Award Winner

Congratulations to members of the Bolivar FCCLA Chapter! They were recognized as one of seven Missouri "Inspire By Example" Award Winners. They received their award in Jefferson City on April 29 and were also able to meet with their state representative and senator.

To be eligible for this award, a student or a group of students must be members of a Learn and Serve America program or a school-based service-learning program. They must also show excellent leadership skills, understand the principles of service-learning, and perform exemplary service to the community.

The FCCLA members decided that students needed to learn about the sacrifices of a local veteran hero who served in WWII. Working with the 5th grade students, the students met with 5th grade teachers to plan lessons based on a book written by the local veteran, and assisted with tree plantings in the park in his honor. The local veteran passed away during the project, and one of the essays that the 5th grade students wrote about him was read during his memorial service. (Click here to read the full description of the project.)
(Special thanks to chapter advisor Betty Glasgow for sharing this information. Missouri FCCLA is proud of you and your chapter members!)

Erika Brandl with the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education coordinates the service-learning program in Missouri. "I was excited to see the Bolivar FCCLA chapter make the connection to service-learning. Any FCCLA chapter within Missouri has the ability to integrate service-learning into their program and are eligible for service-learning grants. We will have student mini-grants available for the 2009-10 school year that range from $100-$1,000 and larger school or district grants from $5,000-$20,000."

For more information on Service Learning opportunities, including grants, please visit the DESE Missouri service-learning website. Missouri FCCLA, you're already doing community service. Take advantage of this opportunity to take it a notch higher and turn it into service-learning. Be sure to also apply for FCCLA recognition in the Community Service program.

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