Skyline FCCLA and ‘The Hunger Games’ teach students about hunger
March 19, 2014
By Noela Lu
NEW – 11:30 a.m. March 19, 2014
Hunger debilitates the mind and body, and hinders a person’s ability to function properly.
Let’s take a moment to understand a staggering statistic about hunger in America: Currently, 16.2 million — or one in five — students in the United States struggle with hunger. According to Skyline High School’s FCCLA chapter, only 40 percent of Skyline students were aware of this growing issue.
FCCLA, or the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, supports many causes. For the past few years, the Skyline chapter has supported No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit organization working to raise awareness of childhood hunger in America.
In an attempt to increase awareness of the cause, Skyline’s FCCLA chapter created a two-week No Kid Hungry event. Organized by Skyline senior Gabrielle Diebner and Skyline’s Advisory Board, this event was nicknamed “The Hunger Games.”
Diebner and other FCCLA members prepared daily morning announcements and lunchtime activities, and displayed No Kid Hungry facts on posters around the school. The club also held several food drives to donate to the Issaquah Food Bank.
To increase participation, FCCLA members distributed lollipops embedded with the No Kid Hungry logo and a short list of ways to support the organization. The first week of the No Kid Hungry campaign ended with “Wear Orange Day,” a school spirit day to encourage student support of the cause. At the end of the second week, the campaign culminated with the “Spartan Cup,” a schoolwide class competition involving daily lunchtime activities and a canned food drive.
Initially, the Skyline FCCLA chapter had hoped to raise awareness of the organization by 80 percent, and collect 400 cans of nonperishable goods. The chapter met its awareness goal, but was only able to collect 200 canned goods.
The No Kid Hungry event emphasized the overwhelming impact a body of dedicated students can make. Because of the campaign, Skyline students better understand how hunger can affect those around them, and are aware of things they can do to help.