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Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:12 pm

Clubs: Future Educators Association/Skills USA

Time: Wednesdays, 2:30 3:30 p.m.
Place: Room 327
Sponsor: Lisa Seid
President: Jennifer Romero
Calling all future teachers, nurses, pharmacists and other professionals whose careers may involve teaching others! Looking for opportunities to experience the different fields of education and serve the community? Then consider joining the Future Educators Association (FEA). "It's an organization to expose students to the world of professional development and focuses on education, leadership skills, community service and fun," sponsor Lisa Seid says.

Originally called the Future Educators of America, the FEA has spread around the world to other nations and become an international professional student association. The FEA was restarted again last year at Blair after being disbanded for unknown reasons years ago, according to Seid.

The club discusses and plans for upcoming events at its weekly Wednesday meetings. "We discuss different ways to help people and how we can get involved in our community," president Jennifer Romero, a junior, says.

The Association not only provides club members opportunities for experience, but also benefits the community, according to Romero. "I think it gives an opportunity to see the fields and what's involved and help others," Romero says. "The main purpose is to help others in ways that we can and from it, grow ourselves."

With the club just beginning again, the members have focused on just a few major projects. During the beginning of the school year, members attended a leadership conference through Skills USA in Ocean City. In March, juniors who enrolled in the Early Child Development Academy and the Teacher Academy of Maryland can attend the Student Professional Development Conference hosted by the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville; this conference will include workshops and teach juniors how to be successful in their specified professions.

The FEA's main community service project this year was fundraising for the Red Cross Measles Initiative program, "Have a heart, save a child." For every dollar a Blazer donated, they could write a message on a paper heart to be posted on the wall outside the SAC. All proceeds were donated to the American Red Cross.

While the members of the club differ in their professions of interest, they all share a common pursuit in educating and communicating with others. "The interest that we all have kind of keeps our club together, even though we're all different," Romero says."

Now that the club has gotten off to a good start, FEA is looking forward to a bright future, according to Seid. Seid sees limitless potential for the FEA, including possible after-school field trips and more community service activities. "We want to continue community service and increase awareness of potential opportunities for future educators," she says. "I would love to be able to fundraise for our club itself and be able to send some students to the National FEA Conference."

Anyone interested in joining Future Educators Association/Skills USA should contact Lisa Seid or Jennifer Romero.

Club beat by Emily Hsiao