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Courtesy Photo: Kendra Washington (left) and Leslie Scott stand next to a collection jar at the Hub Restaurant. The students are collecting items and monetary donations for the Franklin County Family Resource Center.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Members of Franklin County High School's Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club have found a way to give back to their community, while participating in a club competition.

Club officers Leslie Scott and Kendra Washington, both juniors at FCHS, are collecting monetary donations and much-needed items for the Franklin County Family Resource Center.

Each year FCCLA holds a State Leadership Conference at Virginia Beach, where a competition is held among club members.

Scott and Washington chose to do their project on the topic of "advocacy." Each category, or topic, has a first place winner who will advance to the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. later this year.

The Franklin County Family Resource Center is a local organization designed to offer services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence, homelessness or both.

"We chose the family resource center because we wanted to be advocates for domestic violence in our local community," said Scott.

The students will be at Kroger in Rocky Mount on Friday, Feb. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. to accept donations. Needed items include non-perishable food, canned drinks, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, journals and juice boxes.

"We need anything that the resource center and the victims there would find useful," said Scott.

Monetary donations will also be accepted.

"We have change jars located at the Hub Restaurant and Quick Stop," said Washington.

The collection drive will run through the end of February, at which time, the students will deliver the donations to the resource center.

"We feel that this opportunity to be a part of FCCLA and to attend the state conference will greatly influence our futures," said Scott. "We could not have put this project together without the support of our chapter, advisers and our community. We would like to thank everyone who has already contributed and everyone who will contribute to our efforts to help those in need at the family resource center."

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