FCCLA saves the day!

Zumbrota-Mazeppa’s FCCLA chapter has been very busy this past year with several on-going projects.


Mae James

Last years FCCLA officers passed the torch to the new chapter leaders at the banquet.

“I know I can always count on you guys,” said Cindy Wilson as the FCCLA group helped rake leaves at her house last minute. FCCLA, (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), and the Leo’s club is a community service organization at Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School which helps in different areas for people in any way they can. The group has been getting increasingly popular throughout the school.

Students at ZM have been joining FCCLA more and more each year. The organization was started by Mae James in 2015. At the beginning, there were only 5 members, whereas today there are around 30. “I joined FCCLA because I wanted to get more involved in the community, do more volunteer work, and meet new people,” said Anja Thorson, who is FCCLA’s Vice President. She describes her role as “organizing most of the fundraisers, collecting donations, and planning volunteer events.” The group holds meetings to discuss these topics every other week or sooner if something needs to be planned urgently. They do their best to become available for the different tasks asked of them. Part of being in the group is being able to commit to the organization the best that one can.

Some of the projects FCCLA has done so far this year has been putting on fundraisers for Paws and Claws, homeless shelters, and the Lion’s Club. These fundraisers include collecting socks for Dorothy Day House and Veterans, Feed My Starving Children, a tailgate party and selling shirts for homecoming. “Whatever people are passionate about, we can make a fundraiser out of anything,” said Mrs. James. Each person involved in FCCLA does their own separate project called the STAR project. For Anja’s STAR project, she has been volunteering at Paws and Claws and making tie blankets to donate to various shelters.

Everyone who is involved in FCCLA/Leo Club has joined because they are passionate about helping others and making a difference in the community. Anja Thorson says that her

favorite part of FCCLA is, “becoming a leader, helping people, and making new friends.” The organization has worked very hard on every project they have encountered so far this year and will continue to spread positivity and a helping hand to the community.