Faithlynn Parks and Lexi Owens, juniors at Sacred Heart School, participated in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Legislative Shadowing Project on Wednesday, March 1.


Nancy Manning, chapter adviser and school principal, accompanied the students to Jefferson City. Sponsored by the Missouri FCCLA, the program provides an opportunity for junior and senior high school students to spend a day with their state representative, senator or other public officials at the State Capitol. The students observe hearings, meetings, and other public duties.


The Legislative Shadowing Project, now in its 23rd year, is conducted by Missouri FCCLA, the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for family consumer sciences and human services education. A reception and opening session was held for participants on Tuesday, February 28, in which Senator Karla Eslinger was the guest speaker. Tours of the State Capitol, Governor’s Mansion and Supreme Court Building also were provided.


The Legislative Shadowing Project allows students to connect their interests in law, public service, civic issues and the political process with their education. The event is designed to help students develop a better understanding of the political process and its impact on citizens.


FCCLA attempts to match students with officials from their local school districts wherever possible. The students prepare for the event by becoming familiar with their officials' responsibilities and current issues. If matched with a legislator, the student becomes knowledgeable about the bills introduced and committees on which the legislator serves.


FCCLA is a nonprofit student organization for young men and women, grades 6-12, in family consumer sciences education. Missouri FCCLA has more than 8,416 members in nearly 276 local chapters.
PICTURED: Lexi Owens and Fathlynn Parks attended the  MO FCCLA Legislative Shadowing Project. Owens shadowed Representative Willard Haley. Parks shadowed Representative Brad Pollitt and met the Secretary of State, Jay Ashcroft. 

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