The Peter Muhlenberg Middle School FCCLA has been selected to receive the 2017 National 1st Place Middle School Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) Award, sponsored by Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
The goal of the FACTS program is to save lives through sober driving, seat belt use, and safe driving habits. The purpose of the FACTS award program is to encourage local chapter members to identify a specific community traffic safety problem and carry out an innovative project to address that need. Using their Family and Consumer Sciences skills, members can take the lead in their communities and show how youth can make a difference.
As the national 1st Place Middle School, the Peter Muhlenberg Middle School FCCLA chapter will receive a $1,000 award, presented to them at the 2017 FCCLA National Leadership Conference, July 2 – 6 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ashlee Painter, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School and FCCLA Adviser, explained that the FACTS program at Peter Muhlenberg was designed to create awareness for seat belt safety. “Our FCCLA officers spoke on the morning announcements, sharing information on the importance of seat belts with our students. We then invited all students to sign a seat belt pledge during their lunch. Students who signed the pledge were able to wear a ‘duct tape seat belt’ to promote awareness throughout our school and community. Following the pledge, our FCCLA officers conducted seat belt checks with Deputy Frazier as students were dropped off at school in the morning. Anybody who was wearing a seat belt was given candy.”
Students had the opportunity to sign a seat belt pledge during their lunch. After signing,
they could wear "duct tape seat belts" to help raise awareness in our school and community.
Grade 7 students who signed the pledge display the pledge banner.
Four of the sixth graders who seem proud and happy to have signed the pledge are (from left)
Ryan Artz, Eli Boyden, Anthony Pulizzi, and Sami Patel.
FCCLA members conducted seat belt checks with Deputy Paige Frazier, School Resource Officer,
during morning drop off. From left: Alexis Himes, Courtney France, Michaela Black,
Deputy Frazier, Lisa Carroll, and Cheyenne Estep
Congratulations, Peter Muhlenberg Middle School
National 2017 FCCLA Middle School FACTS Winner
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has more than 160,000 members and more than 5,400 chapters from 48 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on family. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in families, careers, and communities.