Members of the Ennis High School FCCLA club gave up their lunch hour on Friday, November 16, to put together turkey soup packets for the Ennis Food Bank’s Thanksgiving baskets. It is one of the club’s monthly projects, coupled with nearly four dozen pumpkin pies made by the EHS culinary arts classes. (Jamie Diehl)

Giving thanks and giving back

Ennis FCCLA teams with Food Bank for Thanksgiving community service

ENNIS—The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club at Ennis High School spent part of their lunch hour on Friday, November 16 creating a unique addition to an annual tradition by the Ennis Food Bank.

The food bank gives away Thanksgiving baskets every year, which include a turkey, stuffing, potatoes and cranberry sauce, among other items. The EHS culinary arts class made nearly four dozen pumpkin pies to add to the baskets, and the FCCLA club made a contribution that will make the Thanksgiving celebration last a little longer.

“We wanted to put something in that would help when people have leftovers after Thanksgiving,” says Elina Dilschneider, a sophomore who organized the project. “So we came up with the soup mix.” 

Students gave up their lunch break to create the mix, which home cooks can toss into a pot of water or broth along with their leftover Thanksgiving Turkey to create an extra meal. They mixed herbs, bouillon and other ingredients into the homemade packets. 

It’s one of several projects the FCCLA club has already gotten underway this school year. Students pursue a monthly community service project together, along with individual projects its members pursue throughout the school year.

“We didn’t have one in September since it was just the start of school,” says Dilschneider. “But in October we went trick-or-treating around town collecting canned food, and in December we’ll be working with Madison Valley Manor, making Christmas cookies and spending time with the residents.”

The FCCLA club at Ennis High School is turning those students into well-rounded community members and individuals, which is exactly its goal. Most of the nearly two dozen students in the club are also on at least one athletic team. Several are on student government and other student groups as well.

And as the holidays approach, those students are opening themselves up even more than usual to help those in need in their community, making sure everyone has something to be thankful for.

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