Gonzales High School's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competes annually in a service project. This year FCCLA participants are creating mostly-handmade pillowcase dresses for the non-profit known as Little Dresses for Africa.
The local FCCLA students are transforming pillowcases into beautiful sun-dress style dresses for African school girls, with just a few modifications to the pillow case and the addition of ribbons and decorative trim, or even pockets.
According to research new – or gently used – pillow cases are readily available and can be found in an array of brightly-colored or patterned varieties. The sun dress works well for the little girls living in the hot climates of Africa and the hem is already in place, making the dress pattern easy, even for a novice.
The Gonzales FCCLA is currently accepting donations of pillowcases, sewing ribbon, thread and embellishments such as lace, trim, borders, buttons, appliques and beads – all to better the lives of the little the little girls wearing these Little Dresses for Africa. Donations may be brought to the High School.
More information on the cause can be found at littledressesforafrica.org.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national Career and Technical Student Organization for young men and women enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private schools, grades 7 through 12.
FCCLA is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as the central focus. Participation in state and national programs and chapter activities help members become strong leaders in family, careers and communities.
FCCLA's Mission is: "To promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation."