Smith-Cotton High School has been booming with projects to help the community. Kurstin Wilkerson, a S-C junior, is taking on a challenge to organize care packages for members of the United States military.
Wilkerson is historian for S-C’s chapter of FCCLA, a group that supports family and consumer sciences education. In FCCLA, students come up with STAR Events and then take them to competition; according to the FCCLA website (fcclainc.org), “(Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.” Wilkerson said S-C’s FCCLA group is supporting her, but she’s the one who is organizing the whole project.
Amy Smith, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Smith-Cotton and one of the sponsors of FCCLA, said Wilkerson is the first S-C student who has been interested in doing a STAR Event. Wilkerson said it took her weeks to organize the project, as well as getting it all approved by school administration. She also had to print about 1,000 slips to hand out to get students involved with the program.
Wilkerson came up with this idea because her brother, Nathaniel Wilkerson, is a U.S. Marine. Wilkerson is proud of what she’s doing.
“It makes me feel like I’m doing something worthwhile,” she said, adding that she wants to give back to the troops because they have done so much for the United States people.
Sgt. Major Randy Woods, JROTC instructor at Smith-Cotton, said: “When we received our care packages it was like a gold mine. We were so appreciative people were thinking of us.”
FCCLA members are hopeful they will have a good number of donations. So far they have received $35 and one whole care package.
The items they are looking to collect for the care packages are toiletries, pen, note paper, stamps, quick protein energy bars, candy, gum, food in hard containers, books and money. Donations can be made through Friday at Smith-Cotton High School.
Wilkerson plans to take her STAR Event to competitions and could end up going to nationals. Smith has high hopes for her and the amount of care packages they are planning to be sending to troops.
“Since this is our first STAR Event, I’m excited to learn the entire process alongside some great students,” Smith said.
Randi Ulmer is a Smith-Cotton High School student.Reach