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Farragut High School FCCLA club members spent their Saturday at NHC Assisted Living chatting while pampering NHC residents with fingernail painting, Feb. 20.

Thinking of all the groups she has seen volunteer at NHC, activities coordinator Crista Slovier said, “I have never met a more personable group of girls. It’s a nice change.

“Residents enjoy the company. The mood is always lighter; the residents really seem to enjoy themselves,” Slovier said of the volunteers.

Later Saturday, club members played bingo with residents.

Club sponsor and family and consumer science teacher, Lynsey Flatford, said of her students, “They have done a really great job this year. They’ve really gone out on their own.

“[Volunteering] gives them a chance to be a part of the community,” Flatford added.

Her students now associate faces with building names such as NHC, she said.

Instead of allowing Valentine’s Day to be about them, the girls delivered valentines to NHC residents room to room, in hallways and in the entire Assisted Living section of the facility.

FHS junior and FCCLA treasurer, Cameron Thornton, said of her time at NHC, “I don’t get to talk with my grandma [who lives downtown] as much as I’d like. It’s great to hear about their stories and everything they’ve been through.”

She enjoyed hearing of two women talking about “passing wedding rings” from one generation to another, Cameron said.

FHS junior and FCCLA president, Ashley Benorden, said she mostly enjoys hearing seniors’ life stories.

“They tell me about their family and it’s like we’re family,” Ashley said.

A life skill Ashley said she has learned is “putting yourself in other people’s shoes and knowing that people do need your help.”

FCCLA is an acronym for Family Career Community Leaders of America; years ago, it was Future Homemakers of America until it was changed to reflect changing times and a need for male students to participate. FCCLA members have completed or are enrolled in a family and consumer science class.

This year, some of the places FCCLA members have visited are East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Helen Ross McNabb Center and Fantasy of Trees. The members will participate in the Cystic Fibrosis Walk.


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