Jonesboro High School FBLA and other CTSO’s hosted several Community Service Projects during this holiday season.
They partnered with the Faith Open Door Community Center and sponsored a Thanksgiving Can Food Drive. Over 700 can goods and non-perishable food items were donated to needy families.
Also, in December the students supported the spirit of giving and hosted a Toys for Tots Campaign for the Community Center, donating boxes of toys to children in need for this holiday season. They continued the spirit of giving by preparing and delivering 140 holiday care packages to the seniors at the Jonesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The care packages contained signed Christmas cards, toiletry items, candy canes and holiday pocket tissues.
Their final project was “Blessing Backpack.” The students filled their gently used backpacks and bags with 100 blankets, toiletry items, snacks, hats, coats and sweaters. These items will be delivered to the Central Presbyterian Church Outreach for the Homeless on December 15th.
Chair Sheila Williams of the Seminole County Commissioners signed a proclamation declaring February 4-10, 2018 FBLA Week in Seminole County. Local Chapter Officers witnessing the signing are: (l-r) Secretary Reshonda Mosely, Reporter/Historian Radhika Patel, President Bianca Torres, County Commissioner Chair Sheila Williams, Treasurer Melody Bryant, Vice President Punit Kapadia, and Parliamentarian Shanderica Carr.
FBLA-PBL sets aside the second week of February each year as National FBLA-PBL Week. The local chapter is participating various activities such as theme dress days, career lessons, a pizza party, random acts of kindness, etc. In addition, they will be recognizing the Wednesday of this week as Adviser Appreciation Day. Members will be using this day to pay special tribute to the dedicated individuals who make the association possible on the local level.
Advisers for the local chapter are Kim Orrick and Kathryn Trawick.
The 2018 Georgia FBLA State Leadership Conference is right around the corner! This year we will be in beautiful downtown Atlanta. I am sure that as many of you prepare for your competitions and projects you are wondering what you need to know before you leave for the SLC. Well first things first make sure that you start preparing as soon as possible because the competition will be higher than ever! Begin utilizing specialist in your school as well as your advisor to prepare for speaking, testing, and projects in real world scenarios. There are many prompts and examples for each competition that you can find online and use at no cost to you. The SLC will be crazy and fast paced so make sure that when you step in the door all you have to do is make your final preparations. Be sure to pack any toiletries and clothes you may need 3 days before you are to leave for Atlanta. Review the dress code and make sure you have everything you need so that you do not get a point deduction. Finally, relax! It is going to be a fun and exciting experience that you won’t soon forget so don’t forget to enjoy yourself and have fun! Good luck to all of you!
Several Coffee High FBLA members went shopping for toys on December 14, 2017 to help contribute toys to the A Diva’s Christmas toy drive. Erika Show’s goal was to deliver toys to at least 50 children that would not be getting anything for Christmas. Coffee High FBLA President Timothy Tucker brought the toy drive to our attention because Erika Show had not yet reached her goal. FBLA members knew that this would be a great community service project and jumped right in by starting to plan on how we could help Erika reach her goal. FBLA members decided that to buy toys for both boys and girls between the ages of 1-10 would be a great way to help. The members decided on how much to spend per gender and then set a date. After the FBLA Christmas party with CHS FBLA, CMS FBLA, GWCFC FBLA, and CMS FCCLA we set out to buy a variety of toys. The CHS FBLA members set out for Wal-Mart and bought present which were later delivered by Timothy Tucker and his mother to Erika Show. The members absolutely loved shopping for toys know that everything was going to a good cause within our community.
The Bowdon High School FBLA spread some early Christmas cheer through singing loud for all to hear when they went caroling around nursing homes on November 29, 2017. Each student who wanted to participate brought a toy for the Toys for Tots drive as the cost of the trip. Dressed in Christmas attire, twenty-four members along with their adviser visited six different nursing homes in the Carrollton/Bowdon area. As they walked down the hallways they sang Christmas carols and wished the residents Merry Christmas.
Christmas caroling not only brought joy to the hearts of the residents of each home but also to the students who attended the trip. After they had visited the nursing homes in Carrollton, they stopped for lunch at American Pie Pizzeria. Then they boarded the bus for Bowdon and gave a performance at the Majestic Nursing Home. Christmas caroling was a treat for all attended, and the students only hope they made someone’s holiday season a little brighter.