The Berrien Middle School FBLA chapter is unleashing their leadership skills this year by giving back to their community. The local chapter chose to collect toys for the Toys for Tots program as their community service project for December.
Students in the Business Connections classes at Berrien Middle School and the FBLA Middle level chapter collected monetary donations for Toys for Tots. A total of $180 was collected. The chapter went shopping and purchased a variety of toys to donate to the Toys for Tots box placed at the school.
The FBLA chapter also performed in the school’s annual Christmas program. Two different groups of FBLA members entertained the audience with their performances. One group performed dance moves to Tik Tok songs and the other group performed the Mean Girls version of “Jingle Bell Rock.”
This year’s Future Business Leaders of America members at Bowdon High School in Bowdon, Georgia went to teach first graders about American Enterprise day. They made a presentation to explain what it represented and how it has an input on society. A time-honored tradition, American Enterprise Day reminds Americans of free enterprise and how it has contributed positively to the economy. Proclaimed to be observed by American president Jimmy Carter, American Enterprise Day lets students as well as adults learn the fundamentals and values of starting a business and the chances taken. Celebrated on November 15, FBLA takes this opportunity each year to educate and help prepare students for careers in business.
Giving the students an opportunity to increase confidence and work ethic, this day is crucial to the knowledge they possess to go out and pursue their own business ventures.
Bleckley County High School Future Business Leaders of America traveled to Athens, Georgia on November 13th to embark on leadership and learning opportunities. We are so thankful for the opportunity to be able to travel to these conferences to greater our growth as future leaders.
Upon arrival, we settled in for a few minutes before heading over to the University of Georgia campus fo a walking tour. It was a great experience to be able to enjoy the beauty of Athens, see Sanford Stadium and Dooley Field. We enjoyed perusing through the UGA bookstore and we ate lunch at the Tate Student Center followed by a quick Starbucks stop for those interested.
After our walking tour, we headed over to the Georgia GameDay center for some last minute study time as we would all be taking the Statesmen Test and Maisi, Olivia and Sophie would be taking the Battle of the Chapters exam. After some cram sessions and down time, students began to get ready for dinner at the Athens Diner and Opening Session at the Classic Center where Olivia and Maisi would serve as Region 5 Officers. We had a phenomenal guest speaker to kick off the conference. Afterwards, we headed over to the Convention side of the Classic Center for everyone to take their Statesmen test. Congratulations to Ashylnne, Olivia, Ms. Lane and Mrs. Barker on achieving the Statesmen Award.
On Thursday, students had the opportunity to experience many different workshops taught by Georgia State FBLA officers as well as community leaders dealing with making the most of every opportunity, stepping forward to lead, Making the Most of FBLA, State Officer Candidate Orientation and so much more. During the day students also had the opportunity to purchase tickets for the Scholarship Basket Drawings. All proceeds go to pay for FBLA scholarships given throughout the year. Raleigh and Sophie both won a basket full of goodies to bring home. Immediately following the Conference on Thursday, students readied for a trip home and we ate at Zaxby’s along the way.
We are so proud of our FBLA members and officers that attended the conference in Athens. Bleckley County students always represent our community with such high standards of behavior and poise.
National Fall Leadership Conference
FBLA officers Maisi C., Sophie K., and Amanda K. with adviser Melissa Barker went to Birmingham, Alabama. The group of officers on the way there stopped at multiple Goodwills in search for extra business clothes which are kept in Mrs. Barker’s classroom for any students who may need them for performance events. Through these stops the officers were able to grow their bond by having some fun on the way to Alabama. The group also dropped by Panda Express to eat where they discussed some activities they would be involved in at the conference like leadership training and teamwork bonding.
Throughout the night the officers later were also able to discuss some future events and changes they would like to see within our chapter. Order a dinner from Panera Bread (There is a serious story there!) To relax after an adventure for supper we all had face masks to rejuvenate from our travels. The next day was when the real business started, the officers as well as Mrs.Barker participated in numerous workshops in which they were shown how to prepare to compete in testing and performance events, prepare for college, how to get the most out of FBLA, and how to better ourselves as a team. Officers Corbin, Knight, and Kight were all able to gain an experience that would last a lifetime, by going into these workshops with some of the most phenomenal speakers you could ever meet and being able to take home the knowledge that would be able to help them go from region to state and eventually to nationals as well.
This year, Bleckley FBLA hosted their annual March of Dimes drive. The March of Dimes Foundation was created by Franklin Roosevelt and was originally called “The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis” to help combat polio. Now the March of Dimes aims to combat premature births. MoD helps fund research, provide education, and help keep families together while their newborn grows healthy in the NICU.
While the March of Dimes is FBLA’s National Project, it is not required that we host an event. After careful consideration, the officers of Bleckley FBLA unanimously decided to support the March of Dimes Foundation again this year. Money was raised through Blue Jeans for Babies, a teacher dress-down event, and Penny Wars.
Penny Wars involved a school wide competition between grade-levels. Each grade had their own bucket, and when they put pennies or paper money into their buckets, the value of the money was added to their score (e.g. one-dollar bills would add 100 points). By adding silver coins to other grade levels, it would take the value of those coins away (e.g. quarters would subtract 25 points).
Overall, the event was a great success as the FBLA Chapter raised $1103.12 to support the March of Dimes Campaign. While the Penny Wars was only able to raise $25.17, it raised a lot of awareness for the March of Dimes Foundation and provided information about prematurity to the students of Bleckley County High School. The rest of the money was raised through dress down and other donors throughout our school.
Bleckley FBLA would like to thank everyone who donated and helped throughout the week to help provide a better future for premature babies.