WEST LAFAYETTE—A group of 11 North Decatur FCCLA members along with teacher Joyce Crane, the North Decatur adviser, came to Purdue University, for Peer Education Day.

It was hosted by the State FCCLA officers.

During the opening session, the head of the Purdue Family and Consumer Science (FACS) department, Dr. Wanda Fox, and four students in this department welcomed all the 300 members and advisers present. Then the guest speaker, Marcus Miller from Kendall College, talked to the members, advisors, and state officers about setting goals, practicing leadership skills, and making a difference.

While at Purdue, the FCCLA members also learned about ways to stop the violence in their schools, how to teach other students to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and make the right choices for their futures, and how to do a STAR event and receive national recognition. STAR stands for Students Taking Action with Recognition.

North Decatur’s Dawn Walterman gave the presentation which earned her a gold medal at the state conference, held in Indianapolis, and another gold at the national conference in San Diego.

Also while at Purdue, students and advisors took tours of the FACS department on the Purdue campus. While on these tours, the participants learned about childcare and child development, food and nutrition, tourism and hospitality, and consumer science and retailing. Students could select and attend two tours and thus were able to experience more of the widely varied FACS program at Purdue.


Editor’s Note: Andrew Robbins is a student at North Decatur.

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