Early Childhood Education students deliver meals to a shelter in Chillicothe.

     Early Childhood Education juniors in Pickaway-Ross’ FCCLA chapter completed service projects that helped the community and will provide them with a foundation for competition next year.

     Hannah Rinehart and Alexis Stonerock brainstormed ideas before deciding to create meal bags that they took to a domestic abuse shelter.

     The pair funded the project by requesting gift cards from area businesses. A $100 gift card to Walmart went a long way to buying supplies.

     Junior Karina Magda created a book and toy drive to benefit Creative Kids Childcare in Chillicothe.

     “I know most day cares don’t have extra money to buy the children new toys and books. It’s important for child development for children to play and look at books,” she said.

     Like Hannah and Alexis, Karina sought help to make her project a success, asking PRCTC staff members for donations. 

     Last month, juniors gave presentations to the program’s advisory committee members who scored their work using a rubric from FCCLA. Early Childhood Education instructor Missy Brown said the scores provide feedback that the students can use in their senior year to help them at competition. 

     Seniors Camie Harber and Nevaeh Harris organized a giving tree to benefit preschoolers at the Ross-Pike Educational Service District.