EW PALESTINE — Kassie Cash laid the Christmas stocking template over the cloth, picked up the scissors and carefully cut out the image.

She and other New Palestine High School students in Tina Boehm’s family and consumer science class spent a recent Saturday helping make 829 stockings to be delivered to United States soldiers overseas.

“It was really fun meeting new people, and it felt good to be doing something for our soldiers,” Cash said.

The New Palestine students joined several other students from around the Indianapolis area for The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America program conducted Saturday, Nov. 11 at Franklin Community High School in Franklin.

The FCCLA is a student organization associated with Boehm’s family and consumer science class. Boehm is in the processes of trying to establish an official FCCLA program at New Palestine High School for her students.

The national FCCLA organization, a nonprofit national career and technical student organization to help students learn and grow, tries to make a difference in the lives of the students and their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work and societal issues through local family and consumer sciences education classes, according to fcclainc.org.

The New Palestine students actually did the cutting and sewing, making the stockings for the American Sewing Guild in Franklin.

“It was more fun than I thought it was going to be, and I really liked getting to learn how to use a sewing machine,” Madison Young said.

The Guild is now tasked with stuffing the stockings full of goodies for the soldiers and will see the stockings get delivered to American soldiers overseas before Christmas.

The group had a great time, Boehm said; the students agreed.

Molly Kottlowski liked taking the time to do something for the soldiers to show her appreciation for their service, she said.

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Kristy Deer is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3262 or kdeer@greenfieldreporter.com.