FCCLA juggles for success

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, March 17, 2021

School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America(FCCLA) recently completed their Student Body project for the 2020-2021 school year.

Student Body is an FCCLA national peer education program that helps young people learn to eat right, be fit and make healthy choices. Donald McClelland, Prince Edward County High School FCCLA adviser, chose a unit entitled “A Fit You.”

Thinking out-of-the-box, McClelland introduced the students to juggling. He called the project “Juggling for Success.”

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“I wanted something different that the kids have not really been exposed to,” he said. “I wanted the kids to start being active again and also develop their eye-hand coordination, which is so important to the work we do in the labs with the culinary arts program.”

Students read books and watched videos about juggling. Students were introduced to: rings, cigar boxes and ball juggling. At the conclusion of the project, McClelland noted that a majority of the students improved their physical activity levels and their self-esteem. McClelland intends to expand on this initiative in the future.

“I wasn’t trying to create professional jugglers; I just wanted to get the students up and moving,” McClelland said.