The Family Career and Community Leaders of America will hold its district meeting at Woodward High School today, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Kathryn Fanning, the advisor for th e Woodward chapter of FCCLA, said she expects roughly 400 students at the meeting representing eight area schools. Topics that will be discussed include business and leadership.

There will also be a keynote speaker.

According to Fanning, the organization’s main focus is the family. FCCLA also concentrates on building strong leaders within the community.

“Here at our school, it’s one of the largest organizations that we have,” Fanning said.

Fanning said the Woodward chapter meets once a month to discuss youth concerns, community and family issues. They recently raised over $2,000 for the March of Dimes.

Other community service activities planned for the school year include outreaches for the pregnancy crisis center, and reading to children at Head Start and a preschool program for disadvantaged children.

Fanning believes the organization plays a vital role in the community providing young people with “friendship, leadership skills, involvement, and citizenship opportunities.

“It gives students an opportunity to fulfill their purpose in life, to serve others,” she said.

The state FCCLA meeting is in April.

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