A group of Tucker Middle School students is going to San Diego. After a weeklong push to raise $5,000, the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student organization was able to meet its goal to travel to California to compete in the national convention in July.
“We are overjoyed that we made our match challenge of $2,500. In fact, we went over. Thank you to all of our donors and to “On Common Ground” for publishing a wonderful article to help us meet our goal,” read a message from Christine Mayfield, the FCCLA adviser, from the group’s GoFundMe page.
Just a few days after On Common Ground News’ coverage of the students’ dilemma, Mayfield received several donations and a commitment to match their fundraising efforts from Pastor Lee Jenkins and his wife, Martica of Eagles Nest Church in Roswell, if they raised $2,500l.
Mayfield said that due to the location of Nationals in San Diego, this is the most money the group has ever had to raise during the time that she has served as chapter adviser.
“Every year is a challenge, but we never think we’re not going to nationals. We believed with everything within us that we would raise the money. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” said Mayfield, who said Tucker Middle is the only middle school in DeKalb County that has advanced to the National FCCLA competition in the last four years.
The group’s campaign will remain open until Friday, June 24, for others who might want to give to enable the group to do special activities and sightseeing tours while in San Diego for the competition. If you would like to donate, please visit the students’ GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/263p5us.