Friday, October 27, 2017, members from Coffee Middle School FBLA volunteered their time to work and celebrate students with special needs. This event, which is named after Kayla Davis, a former special needs student in the Coffee County School System, is set aside each year to honor her memory and to offer students with special needs the opportunity to a day of fun-filled fall festival events.
Students spent the morning helping, walking with classes to different stations where kids were able to win prizes, jumping in bouncy houses, dancing, and playing musical chairs. They were also able to get their faces painted, and some even had their nails painted and their hands decorated with art. FBLA members were amazed and in awe of the joy on each child’s face as they experienced each station in wonder.
Here are a few statements from the members who participated. “The smiles they had in their faces were happy,” said one member. One student remembers the joy in one little girl when she started to dance while doing the hand art by remarking that, “she asked me to dance with her.” Another student stated that, “Kayla Day would have to be one of my best experiences yet. Seeing a smile brought to their faces with delight was epic.”
Fall has just begun and everyone is feeling festive. Opportunities to give are coming up. On Saturday, September 23, Shiloh FBLA went to Tabernacle International Church for a community service event from 9am to 1pm. Members contacted people in the community and worked on marketing flyers to inform them about the upcoming Harvest Time event. Members also boxed perishable foods for families who will be in need during the Thanksgiving holiday. FBLA students love to give back to the community and always appreciate opportunities to help others.
The Rockmart High School FBLA Leadership Team set up a promotional table at Rockmart High School Open House on August 7, 2017 to recruit new members and explain the purpose of FBLA to parents. Over 100 membership applications were distributed during this event.
Rockmart Middle School and Rockmart High School hosted Run at the Rock 5K Fun Run/Walk on May 20, 2017 to benefit the March of Dimes. The event was planned over a three month period and involved over 16 business sponsors and 70 participants. Run at the Rock was held on the campus of Rockmart Middle and High School. The event was organized by RHS March of Dimes Chairpersons Montana Barber and LJ Pace. This event raise awareness of the March of Dimes in each of the schools and in the Polk County area. Over $1000.00 was raised to donate to the March of Dimes.
President Jonathan Vogel, of Spectra Contract Flooring (a Berkshire Hathaway company), toured the Sonoraville National Competitors John Graves and Alex Naymick at 811 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angles prior to the 2017 FBLA National Leadership Conference earlier this summer. Spectra is the largest commercial flooring contractor in the U.S. and was founded in 1996. The students were allowed to see the Hollywood Sign and look down to the famous Wilshire Blvd while touring the business. Students were shown how this middle man company connects the dots for the contracts and the builders. John and Alex were allowed to practice their meet and greet skills, as well as their networking skills.