The charter members of the Family Career and Community Leaders of American Organization at the Jonesboro-based middle school may have only 10 members thus far but they have taken the organization’s motto of “Toward New Horizons” to greater heights.
According to Deborah Howard, M.D. Roberts’ family and consumer science, career technical agriculture education instructor, this new organization at the school has partnered with two other national organizations to participate in a community service campaign called, “Teens for Jeans.”
Howard said her group joined Aeropostale, a specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, and those associated with, “dosomething.org,” a non-profit which motivates young people to take action for social change, in the “Teens for Jeans” campaign.
“Some 23 percent of homeless people in the United States are families with children,” she said, “and their most highly-requested clothing item for these families is jeans.”
M.D. Roberts has collected 1,269 pairs of gently-used jeans for this jean collection, one of the first charitable-related programs the group had under taken.
In addition to becoming future leaders, the organization also assists young people to address important personal, family, work and social issues through family and consumer science education, Howard added.
“This is also one of a number of career technology student organizations which also encourages students to become college and career ready,” she said.
“Our purpose as part of the organization for our students to have healthier families and build successful careers, all of which will also produce strong communities and, as such, a stronger America,” Howard emphasized.
The national organization also conducts state and national meetings, training sessions and competitions which take place at different locations throughout the school year and also during the summer.
Howard explained membership is open to Family and Consumer Science/Career Technical Agriculture Education students and said M.D. Roberts is proud to have a charter group affiliated with the national organization.
At the middle school level, our students are exposed to different programs and competitive events which are sponsored by the state and national organization, Howard added.
“I believe our participation in the Teens for Jeans Program is a perfect vehicle for our members to participate in community service, develop leadership qualities and expand their learning which will ultimately afford positive recognition for our members,” she said.