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State FCCLA Officers Go to Washington, D.C.

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Family, Career and Community Leaders of America sponsors and student leaders from all over the United States met in Washington, D. C. this week to advocate on Capitol Hill for career and educational technology programs. Seven state FCCLA officers from Kansas, including Lindsey Bowden, Vice President of Individual Programs and Monique Litherland, RVHS FCCLA sponsor, were among them.

On Monday, the students attended workshops designed to help them know what to say to the Congressional leaders they would meet the next day. They learned key points and phrases to use.

On Tuesday, the students and sponsors met with Senators and also staff members of the Representatives. The House of Representatives is on fall break. FCCLA members handed out packets to the congress members and thanked them for voting into law the Perkins Bill which provided funding for career and educational technology classes. The bill even named FCCLA specifically.

On Wednesday, several corporate partners met with the FCCLA delegation about the programs they offer students in career pathways.

Bowden recommends the Washington, D. C. advocacy trip to any state officer because she found it beneficial. Of course, no one can go to Washington, D.C. without touring!

"I loved seeing the monuments at night," exclaimed Bowden. "The Pentagon Memorial was cool. I learned that the benches facing the Pentagon were in memory of those who died in the Pentagon bombing and the ones facing the sky were in memory of the people who died in the plane crash. The Library of Congress was very cool, too!"

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