Capes For A Cause


Whitney Herring, Messenger Reporter

May 2017

FCCLA stands for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. McCracken County High School has a chapter of their own. Their mission is to help youth with family bonds, careers, and participation in your own community.


Our local chapter has been very busy in the past couple of months, from going to State to sewing dresses, they have been helping in the community. MCHS takes a group of students to El Salvador every year for a mission trip. Every year, our FCCLA sews dresses and shorts for the children in El Salvador, they get local organizations to donate dresses or fabric. They want to try and make more dresses year after year to help the boys and girls in El Salvador that need these clothes. Aside from making dresses, they also went to state in Louisville, Kentucky to compete in Star Events.


Their most recent project was sewing capes for little boys and girls. Members of FCCLA and FCS classes stayed after school and worked on the capes. The chapter made a total of 43 capes, they made 28 boy capes which were red and blue with yellow lightning bolts, and they made 15 girl capes which were pink and purple with pink/purple hearts. These capes were made for a program at Easter Seals called The Lily Pad. The Lily Pad is a daycare for children who are medically fragile, this program gives them a safe environment to learn and play. The program is staffed with certified nurses to ensure the best help for the children and their needs.
On Friday, April 28th, the MCHS FCCLA chapter got to deliver their capes to the boys and girls enrolled in The Lily Pad at Easter Seals. This field trip wasn’t just about getting out of school, they got to take their own cape and brighten a child’s day. Every child enrolled in The Lily Pad program and old enough to have a cape received one that day and the reactions were heartwarming. The children were very grateful and excited to receive something so special. When the capes were passed out, the room was filled with joy, hugs, and love, this was a field trip that the FCCLA members/students will be able to remember forever. It wasn’t just a field trip, it was a chance to give back to our community.