Citizen of Conejos County | Sanford FCCLA is back

SANFORD – Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national nonprofit organization of technical and vocational students. According to, FCCLA provides opportunities for young men and women to pursue careers that support families. FCCLA’s mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development through the education of family and consumer sciences.

Focusing on the multiple roles of family members, employees and community leaders, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, life skills and to career preparation.

The San Luis Valley has two chapters – Sanford and Centauri. The chapters of both schools are functioning well each year. However, the past two years have been difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, Sanford FCCLA competed in the state meet April 14-16 in Denver.

It was the first competition Sanford has entered in the past two years.

“We are delighted to be back this year! Our students have been working hard since the beginning of the school year,” FCCLA Sanford officials said.

Sanford FCLA has 33 members and 28 competed in the state competition. If the students win at the state, they advance to the national championships, which will be held June 27-July 3 in San Diego, Calif.

Sanford FCCLA has done a plethora of community service projects. They have studied, learned and taught the negative aspects of vaping. They studied, learned and taught how to protect themselves from germs. They have been involved in driving traffic safety, providing fire alarms to families in the community, using communication to help fight suicide, designing nutrition plans for athletes, to name a few- one.

“Our chapter service projects involved making baby blankets for our local hospital and sewing fleece blankets and pillowcases for foster children. We made 65 total baby blankets and 18 fleece blankets and matching pillowcases in total. The hope is that our efforts have changed the lives of others,” FCCLA Sanford officials said.

The FCCLA Sanford Chapter is working eagerly for the competitions. Under the leadership of Councilor JoAnn Bagwell, the chapter is moving forward and changing the world.

Together we will join, engage, compete, participate and lead the world today and in the world to come. As family, professional and community leaders, each member contributes to making the world a better place.

“Once again, we are thrilled to be back and look forward to working, achieving and having fun in the future. FCCLA’s motto is ‘Towards New Horizons’. As a Chapter , we are working towards new horizons daily. Kudos to Sanford FCCLA,” Sanford FCCLA officials said.

Contributed Photos Hailey Edwards, Jon Gardunio and Kenedie Crowther, with the help of several FCCLA Sanford Chapter members, work on baby blankets during a Chapter Service Labor Day. Cash Caldon and Parker Vannoy promote Sanford’s FCCLA during a basketball game. Members of Sanford FCCLA proudly display the baby blankets they have sewn.

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