Operation Christmas Child with Brookwood High School

The holidays are a time of great joy for some. They are a time for fun, family, and togetherness. Throughout the United States however, millions of children face these holidays devoid of the joy and happiness that the holidays should bring them.  Their parents may be facing hard times financially, or they are just alone. This should not be. Organizations like Samaritans Purse are dedicated the help spread the Christmas cheer. With Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, gift-filled shoeboxes are distributed globally to children in need. Brookwood High School’s FBLA chapter decided to team up with our Mid-level Chapter, Five Forks to make sure that we did our part to help millions of children all around America and the world to enjoy their holiday season.

We asked for donations to be brought in and we proceeded to fill many boxes with as much toys as possible. The boxes were categorized by gender and age group, and we put toys in each appropriate category to maximize the potential happiness of the children who are to receive the toys. In addition to filling out about a hundred boxes with the many toys we generously received for our community through our shoebox drive, we also wrote notes of hope and encouragement. The notes were place on top of the toys in the box.

Operation Christmas child was a definite success, and raising so many toys for children in need offered a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction to all our FBLA officers and members from both the highs school and middle level. When asked why he chose to volunteer freshman, Boris Stephens, stated that “I feel like I chose to volunteer in operation Christmas child because I want to give back to the community.” One of the Midlevel members, Aanya Patel, said, “To me, Operation Christmas child is important because we get to make children across the country happy.” Brookwood’s officers we also asked. Our club president, Mya Swaby, commented that through this shoebox drive she has been inspired to continue spreading love and positivity to her community. The vice president of social activities, Raegan Patterson was asked what her favorite part of Operation Christmas child was. She said, “Writing amazing letters to children because I know how happy my note makes then when the open their shoebox full of gifts knowing that someone is thinking about them.” Overall, Brookwood High school and Five Forks Middle School came together to make this event a success and we are honored to be able to serve our community and nation through Operation Christmas Child.

Brookwood High School FBLA at RLC

Last month, the Brookwood High School FBLA chapter attended the Region 11 South Leadership Conference at Collins Hill High School! This was an incredible event, and we are proud of all of our chapter members who took the initiative and challenge to compete in competitive events. We are especially overjoyed that so many of our competitors made it on stage and advanced to the State Leadership Conference in Atlanta! Our chapter also won 1st place in total overall membership in Region 11 South!

One of our chapter members, D’nai, says she competed at RLC in Job Interview this year because “I wanted to try something new and I wanted to enjoy my senior year in FBLA doing something that would be beneficial for my future.”

Another one of our chapter members, Josh, competed at RLC in Sports & Entertainment Management because “Last year, I competed in Sports & Entertainment Management at NLC during my first year in FBLA. This year, I wanted to give it another shot, to hopefully advance to NLC again and win big on stage.”

Here is a list of Brookwood FBLA members who advanced to SLC:

Abraham Abai, Max Bradley, Aanjaney Pathak 1st Entrepreneurship

Adiyah Warner 2nd Business Communications

Andrea An 5th Introduction to Financial Math

Arsheen Hamirani 2nd Future Business Leader

Ayaan Panjwani 7th Accounting I

Christopher Smith 1st Emerging Business Issues

Deborah Mativo 4th Introduction to Financial Math

D’Nai Thomas 1st Job Interview

Esha Shah 5th Business Calculations

Javenia Stephens, Louvenia Stephens, Adiyah Warner 1st Business Ethics

Jay Patel 1st Introduction to Financial Math

Jay Patel 2nd Business Calculations

Jeremiah Adeola, Aanjaney Pathak 1st Web Design

Jeremiah Adeola, Sarah Alexander 2nd Emerging Business Issues

Jolie Liu, Sydney Nghiem 1st Hospitality Management

Josh Abraham 1st Sports and Entertainment Management

Josh Abraham 4th Accounting I

Julia Koovakada 3rd Accounting I

Leslie Camacho 8th Introduction to Information Technology

Lyric Franklin 1st Sales Presentation

Mason Jenkins 8th Accounting I

Max Bradley 3rd Business Calculations

Mya Swaby 4th Marketing

Natsenet Asefaw 2nd Client Service

Nikita Shah 5th Business Communications

Nikita Shah 5th Personal Finance

Philena Yang 1st Future Business Leader

Philena Yang 7th Economics

Reagan Patterson 1st Public Speaking

Ryan Leonard 7th Business Communications

Ryan Leonard, Anthea Walker 2nd Sports and Entertainment Management

Safi Saleem 10th Accounting I

Seemi Momin 4th Introduction to Business Communication

Stephen An, Katelyn Hubbard, Anvith Reddy 1st Public Service Announcement

Surya Akella 3rd Economics

​Susan McKibben 1st Accounting I

Susan McKibben 4th Economics

We are very proud that so many of our members will be competing at SLC next month! We hope to bring home more awards as our members compete against the best of the best in our state chapter!

Brookwood FBLA takes on #SLOTS2017

The Brookwood FBLA local officer team had a fun time at SLOTS 2017, where they learned more about their positions, participated in exhilarating games and activities, and networked with other local chapters. Perhaps one of the highlights of this event was winning a free Fall Motivational Rally Registration for our chapter through the social media challenge. Doing some of the icebreakers that the breakout leaders had planned was something our officers really enjoyed because they are fun ways to spark engagement, and we can take these exercises back to our local chapter meetings. The inspirational story told by former national officer Holland Gray about his experiences with perseverance inspired many of our officers to remain confident even in times where they are underestimated. One of our local chapter Presidents, Philena Yang enjoyed SLOTS because “It played a fundamental role in helping our officer team to bond and learn significant skills to achieve success in our chapter. It also allowed us a unique chance to meet other chapters from around our region and share what works and how to improve.” One of our Vice Presidents of Competition, D’nai Thomas also found SLOTS exciting because she “enjoyed the different games, especially the monopoly one, we were encouraged to meet members from other chapters.”

It was a great day of training and bonding with the new officer team. Our officers hope to take what they have learned at SLOTS this year and use it to elevate our chapter in the upcoming months!