A lot to love about school

By Jeff Gates For The Madison Press

February 21, 2014

For more than four decades, Jonathan Alder High School (JAHS) students involved with FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) have annually provided gifts for children served by the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

While the tradition started as a way to celebrate the Christmas holiday season, for the second consecutive February, the JAHS service group thought it might be fun to celebrate another holiday.

Love was in the air as the more-than 50 high schoolers arrived at Fairhaven School recently for an early Valentine’s Day gathering — with the emphasis on an admiration of books which many people of all ages share.

So, the high school students arrived with specially-selected books for each individual served by Fairhaven School — from preschool through high school-age.

With project mainstays Ann Holben and Susan Lee no longer involved, the long-standing partnership might have been in jeopardy.

But according to JA FCCLA faculty advisor Megan Dowdell, a pair of students took it upon themselves to make sure the tradition would continue.

JAHS seniors Chelsey Williams and Alyssa Watson have each participated in the Alder-Fairhaven partnership since their freshman years.

“We have come every year, and wanted to carry on the tradition,” Watson said of Williams and herself. “We decided on a ‘We Love Books’ theme — it’s a little more educational.”