St. Amant High School students in the “Students Teaching and Reaching” class started a Future Educators of America chapter earlier this school year, a news release from the program states.

The students held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser and solicited donations from area businesses in September to raise money to attend the FEA National Convention later this year.

“In fact, the students were so determined to get to the nationals that they hosted an onion-cutting party the night before the spaghetti sale to cut onions and ensure that everything was organized for the sale,” teacher Melissa McCormick said in a release.

The students raised $2,400 from the event, she said.

McCormick thanked the businesses who donated and purchased the meals and cooks Neil Bourgeois Sr. and Micah Berteau for making the fundraiser possible.

The STAR Program provides high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to learn about teaching as a career through one-credit courses, according to the program’s website. The Louisiana Department of Education “developed the STAR curriculum that not only gives students a glimpse into the teaching profession but also, under the proper guidelines, can be used for college credit in the field of education,” the website states.