On Nov. 13, at 8 a.m. on a Saturday, the Emmett High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America Club met at the high school. They got ready for a departure to the "How ‘Bout Them Apples" orchard.

Before they could go and have some "fun," they had to do a little work first. With the help from the Emmett Public Works Department, they painted one of the crosswalks leading into the high school parking lot. This was done for two reasons. One, traffic and student safety is actually part of the FCCLA national program that promotes school safety. Second, they wanted to help improve the high school a bit.

FCCLA members arrived at the orchard, which is owned by Mrs. Elliot, also a teacher at EHS. The entire orchard was open to the Emmett community as a community service project. When the day was done, over 1,500 pounds of apples were picked. The apples either went off with the people who picked them, or to the culinary arts class. In the class they (unsurprisingly) were made apple pie, apple crisp, applesauce, sausage apple stuffing and apple dumplings. Bags of apples were also delivered by FCCLA members to each of the local schools to honor and thank teachers for all the hard work they do to help students.

The students and teachers all gain from this experience because they got a new crosswalk, free apples and if they were lucky, extra pie from the culinary arts class.