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Emily’s Cupcakes returns with FCCLA

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Emily’s Cupcakes returns with FCCLA

Seniors Shyvonne Potter and Shaylee Johnstun pour batter into cupcake liners. Hundreds of cupcakes will be sold in order to raise money for Emily's Kids.

Seniors Shyvonne Potter and Shaylee Johnstun pour batter into cupcake liners. Hundreds of cupcakes will be sold in order to raise money for Emily's Kids.

Seniors Shyvonne Potter and Shaylee Johnstun pour batter into cupcake liners. Hundreds of cupcakes will be sold in order to raise money for Emily's Kids.

Seniors Shyvonne Potter and Shaylee Johnstun pour batter into cupcake liners. Hundreds of cupcakes will be sold in order to raise money for Emily's Kids.

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It’s not a rarity to see students selling food outside the cafeteria. From candy to cookies to donuts, money is raised through the purchase of sweet treats. Sometimes the profits are used for clubs or for the school. Other times, the money is raised for outside organizations. One you may recognize from recent posters around the school is Emily’s Cupcakes, supported by the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club, more commonly known as FCCLA. But you may not know exactly how much effort goes into this annual fundraiser.

“It started at Southeast because that’s where Emily went,” CTE teacher Kara Winicki said.  “Emily, the girl who passed away, loved cupcakes. Someone came up with the idea of selling cupcakes in her name for the foundation.”

Emily Ann Field was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in January, 2008. After she died, the foundation Emily’s Kids was established to raise money in the hopes of being able to ease the troubles of families like the Fields.

“(The foundation) gives them gas cards, helps them with parking (and other) things that are necessary during all the hospital visits,” senior Anjali Jhingree said.

Families of children who are diagnosed with cancer face more than just an emotional strain. The costs of having to drive back and forth to the hospital, paying for places to stay nearby, paying for parking and even buying lunch begin to accumulate over time. Emily’s Kids uses the money raises to give the families one less thing to worry about. Recently, they’ve even started a scholarship program to aid children who have beaten cancer in being able to afford college expenses.

“Obviously it’s a wonderful organization,” Winicki said. “It’s also wonderful for the people in my club and the students in my classes to bond and come together because it’s a lot of work. I love seeing all the teenagers step up. They’re going above and beyond.”

The FCCLA club at Northwest has been supporting this event for eight years, selling chocolate, vanilla and strawberry cupcakes. The process of preparing for, baking for and hosting the sale is no easy task. The one day students spend in the commons selling cupcakes is planned for months in advance.

“I ask all the members of (FCCLA) to bring in cake mixes months before,” Winicki said. “We try to get 110 boxes. I buy all the eggs and the oil and I also reached out to Fresh Market and they supplied the icing. The process in terms of baking is three days total and one full day for the icing.”

The students involved don’t do this just for fun. There’s a certain feeling that comes with helping people that can’t be found anywhere else. The students spend months–some of them even going to their teacher’s house on the weekend to bake cupcakes for an entire day–working towards a single day, four periods selling cupcakes, because they enjoy helping their community.

“I really like the feeling of helping out others,” Jhingree said. “We do not just Emily’s Cupcakes, but we also go to the homeless shelter during Christmas time. We helped a senior here, Karly Billips; we helped her pay for her medical treatment.”

There are many clubs at Northwest that make an effort to help out their community. Service learning is common no matter what organization you’re a part of. However, there’s more to volunteering then what you can put on your college resume.

“I hope they gain a sense of purpose,” Winicki said. “You can get involved in things like this. But also to be aware of those expenses too. There’s so many other expenses that are involved when you have a child who is going through cancer.”

Cupcakes will be sold Wednesday, Mar. 13 in the commons outside the cafeteria.

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