Afton NTC Culinary Arts students recently conducted a community service project through their FCCLA student organization - Family Career and Community Leaders of America. Their project, “A Walk on the Wild Side,” focused on citizenship, protecting wildlife and the environment.

The three Afton NTC students implementing the project were Eric Nelson of Afton, Heather Gibbins of White Oak, and Laken Owen of Wyandotte.  For the first part of their project, the students baked dog and cat treats for the local animal rescue.

Next, the FCCLA members put on a presentation for Afton 3rd graders. They brought in a naturalist to speak to the children on helping the environment. And, much to the interest of the students, the naturalist brought in animal skins for the lesson. Other FCCLA students helped in this event as well.

Another part of the project was the trip to Bernice State Park. There the NTC students held a cleanup day and learned about park wildlife.

NTC student Laken Owen thought the project was very successful. “We thought our project turned out great. The kids had a lot of fun, and so did we. We all learned new things. We knew we had to get the word out to people and we could make our environment better.”

The next step for the students is the Regional FCCLA Competition. The students will present their project for judging on January 27 in Vinita.