Bleckley County High School’s Future Business Leaders of America was awarded the 2016 Bibb/Macon March for Babies Top FBLA Team Award. Bleckley FBLA members and advisers are elated about the donation of $900.00 they were able to make to this worthy cause this past school year.
BCHS FBLA President, Lacey W. and March of Dimes Chair, Tyler S. are shown above with the award and a handwritten note from Glenda Davis, Senior Development Manager of Central/Southern Georgia March of Dimes. Ms. Davis expressed her appreciation for our organization’s hard work and continued support and dedication to the cause. Ms. Davis commented that Bleckley High’s FBLA is truly making a difference in the lives of babies in Middle Georgia and beyond.
March of Dimes’ March for Babies is an FBLA State Project that BCHS FBLA takes to heart. Each year we participate in a variety of activities to earn money for this cause. We appreciate the willingness of Superintendent Steve Smith to allow us to hold a system wide dress down week each year as well as a Hats On For Babies hat day at BCHS each year. We hope to expand opportunities to raise money for this cause in the future.
On Tuesday, April 18, 2017 BCHS FBLA and Business classes had a guest speaker, Wesley Sewell. Wesley, is a recruiter from Middle Georgia State College and a member of the Bleckley County High School CTAE/CTSO Advisory Board.
He spoke to the business classes about how to get into college. He spoke of the different opportunities they have to obtain scholarships from MGSU and about a scholarship, they offer for Bleckley County students that will pay for half of the first-semester tuition. He also introduced students to the many sports opportunities that MGSU has to offer and about the continuing expansion of their athletic department. Mr. Sewell discussed the diplomas and certificates that students can obtain from MGSU and the academics available to students at a multitude of locations throughout Middle Georgia. He spent a good bit of time discussing their Aviation School located in Eastman and the different opportunities that students could have with the aviation school only found in a few locations throughout the United States. He also discussed the move on when ready program (MOWR) for BCHS students. The students were very involved in what he had to say and learned a lot about MGSU.
Sonoraville FBLA’s Adviser Lisa Smith and President C. Farist recently attended the Junior Achievement (JA) Hall of Fame banquet held on March 30, 2017 at The Northeast Dalton Trade and Convention Center. The event recognized distinct leaders and supporters of the JA program with a ceremony to honor the three individuals, followed by dinner. Farist introduced one of the Hall of Fame award recipients, Mr. John Neal of Dalton, who has contributed so much time and money to this organization and is a very proud supporter. Smith and Farist had the opportunity to network with others who are heavily involved in JA, as well as those who were awarded. Smith has been involved with JA since 1998 and yearly has volunteers to co-teach JA in her classroom.
On March 27, Sonoraville High School FBLA assisted local community leader, Stacey Long, present a workshop for Red Bud Middle School FBLA. Ms. Long opened the workshop by having students properly introduce themselves to each other, noting the correct way to give a handshake and the importance of eye contact. Sonoraville leaders assisted in this process and helped the RBMS future leaders. Students learned the fundamentals of public speaking, including impromptu and extemporaneous. They learned key tips on how to succeed when competing in these events, but also how to effectively present in areas outside of competition (such as networking). After learning what it takes to make a great speech, the members implemented their new knowledge and actually presented two of their own speeches. SHS FBLA provided feedback and pointers for even better speeches. Students left feeling confident in their newfound speaking abilities!
One of the foundations of FBLA is community service. The central focus of FCCLA is the family. Both organizations encourage the development of individual and group involvement to improve home, business, and community. Berrien Middle School FBLA and FCCLA partnered together in a project that centered on family and community service. They sold lemonade and cookies to support the March of Dimes.
FBLA and FCCLA members baked a variety of cookies for the sale. Chocolate chip, lemon, sugar, double chocolate, and peanut butter cookies were included on the menu. FBLA members also put their entrepreneurial skills to work by creating a lemonade stand. They designed and painted the signage for the stand and created the menu board. They also prepared lemonade and operated the stand during each lunch.
The faculty and staff at Berrien Middle School also supported the March of Dimes by participating in “Blue Jeans for Babies” days. All staff members received a Supporter poster and dressed down to support this worthy cause.
The profits received from the lemonade stand and faculty/staff donations will be presented to the March of Dimes. From polio to prematurity the March of Dimes focuses on researching the problems that threaten our children and finding ways to prevent them. Our local FBLA and FCCLA chapters are helping the March of Dimes fulfill their mission.