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Courtesy Photo: Sarah Bridges (from left), Cassidy Moran and Kate Bridges, FCCLA students from Franklin County High School, were recently invited to present their STAR Event project at the World Traffic Safety Symposium in New York.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Franklin County High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students Kate Bridges, Sarah Bridges and Cassidy Moran were recently invited to New York to present their STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) event project at the World Safety Symposium, part of the New York Auto Show.

The trip came about when the executive director of the National FCCLA forwarded information about the project to the coordinator of the World Safety Symposium. After a review of the project information, the students were invited to New York to speak.

"We were thrilled the girls were given this opportunity," said FCCLA advisor Jessica Leftwich. "Not many students get the opportunity to speak in front of almost 200 professionals during the New York Auto Show."

While in New York, the girls presented their project, which focused on the importance of road safety for children.

For their project, the girls worked with the children in the Teens-N-Tots pre-K class at the high school and Callaway Elementary kindergarten students.

They created a song, with motions, enforcing what children should and should not do when crossing the road, and even made a "practice road" for the children to cross.

The team also talked about road signs and played "Red Light, Green Light" with the children.

The project was presented at the FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach in April, before it was picked up on by the World Safety Symposium.

The team brought home a gold medal, trophy (Best in State) and a near perfect score at the state competition.

"I am so proud of these girls and all they have accomplished in the last couple of months," Leftwich said. "They have worked really hard. They take pride in all they do, and it shows. This was certainly a once in a lifetime experience for these girls."

While in New York City, the girls visited the 911 Memorial, Times Square, Tiffany's, Empire State Building and rode the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and the city skyline.

Representatives of the symposium assisted with travel costs and paid for their room at the Crowne Plaza in Times Square.

The girls were accompanied to New York by their mothers, Terry Bridges and Kelly Moran.

In July, the team will represent Virginia in the Focus on Children event at the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

"FCCLA is 'The Ultimate Leadership Experience,' and I think these girls are certainly proving to be exceptional leaders," said Leftwich.

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