CFNN Reporters Ainsley Spell and Amelia Osornio 

DECA Club’s Coat Drive collected over 200 coats from Cape Fear High School students! And they are not stopping there, stay tuned to learn what else they have planned.

The Club started last spring, and they hit the ground running. DECA stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America.

They compete in state competitions, experience traveling opportunities, and host monthly social events for team bonding. They also participate in service projects, community service, organize fundraisers, create spirit week themes, and so much more.

This club has 44 members (which has more than doubled since last year). These members will be recognized at the state level for winning membership campaigns and they’ve also added chapter campaigns to their impressive resume. 20 students will be competing in the state competition next month starting on February 23rd through the 25th. 

This past week we had the chance to talk with Cape Fear’s Project and Sports Management teacher who also is the DECA Club advisor, Mrs. Cox. 

“In Project Management, it’s stuff you can use in everyday life. It teaches you about things that can be overwhelming and making them into small projects and pieces, we all work together.”, says Mrs. Cox.

DECA Club focuses on helping others and is very big in community service. 

“This is my thing, If I’m going to be an advisor over an organization, we are not going to do nothing,” said Mrs. Cox. “I depend on my officers; I have a really strong officer team.”

Each month the club has social events to build relationships and team morale. 

“It’s important that we can all work together the way that we do,” said Secretary Tiffany Quinn.

DECA Club will be hosting amazing traveling opportunities coming up. From Scotland to London and even to Japan! These will be experiences of a lifetime.

“I’m very passionate about traveling.  I try to bring that into my classroom as much as I possibly can. Just being able to do that once in your lifetime, it makes you appreciate it and it also helps you to embrace people that are different from you,” explained Mrs. Cox.

 DECA Club has an upcoming spirit week to support Play 4 Kay.  This will take place January 30-February 3rd.

Along with their “Pie In The Face” fundraising activity. Teachers can volunteer to potentially be ‘pied’ in the face. Once they sign up, they will have a container made for them. Students then can donate money to the container of the teacher that they want to be ‘pied.’

DECA Club is also taking donations towards their “Valentines Baskets” for the Bethesda Nursing Home. They will be collecting from January 17- February 10. Items are needed such as: candy, lotion, deodorant, lip balm, hand cream, toothbrush/paste, unscented wipes, hairbrushes, and cellphone wrap. The first period with the most items donated will win an ice cream party. 

This is only the beginning; DECA Club has so much more in store, and we can’t wait to see what they achieve in the future.