FBLA-PBL and March of Dimes began their partnership in 1970, and since then March of Dimes has been FBLA-PBL’s only national charity partner. March of Dimes attends every national and regional FBLA-PBL conference. Since the partnership began, FBLA-PBL has raised millions of dollars for the March of Dimes, and the March of Dimes message has been broadcasted to hundreds of thousands of kids. Each year, FBLA-PBL generates over $500,000 for March of Dimes.
Coin Wars is a fundraising idea for March of Dimes and is a fun way to involve your entire school in the fundraising efforts. With Coin Wars, you distinguish between the various grades in your school, and the goal is essentially a competition between the classes.
The way the competition works is that for each penny that a certain grade level donates, they receive one point. However, other grade levels can donate larger amounts ( dollars, nickels, dimes, etc.) and subtract points from a designated grade. For example, if a freshman donated a quarter for seniors, then the seniors would lose 25 points, a dollar would be -100 points and so on.
Coin Wars encourages the donation of larger bills to detract points form other grades, and essentially involves everyone in a fun manner while still raising money for a good cause.
If you are looking for another way to help raise money for and support the March of Dimes, then participating in the March for Babies Fundraising Walk the perfect way to do so. During the event known as March for Babies, over one million walkers in over 1,000 communities walk to raise money for the March of Dimes in the spring.
In order to have your chapter take part in the March for Babies, register at the March of Dimes March for Babies website. Use these following instructions to complete your registration:
Pick FBLA, PBL, or FBLA-ML
Find your chapter by using your state in the drop-down menu
Select “join a new team” if your chapter is not listed making sure to title your team name with your school and and team type (FBLA, PBL, FBLA-ML)
Furthermore, grant recipients and local and state chapters that raise the most money for the March of Dimes will be recognized at the National Leadership Conference. Members and their chapters also have the opportunity to have their pictures and articles about their March of Dimes activities published in Tomorrow’s Business Leader, PBL Business Leader, or on the national website (fbla-pbl.org).
Make sure that you do not miss out on your chance to be part of the wonderful legacy that FBLA-PBL has of giving back to the March of Dimes. For over 40 years, FBLA-PBL has ranked consistently as the top MArch of Dimes youth fundraising parter, raising over $15 million dollars. For further resources and support in your efforts, make sure contact your local March of Dimes chapter.
Bleckley FBLA stormed Bleckley High with a combination of Penny Wars and Blue Jeans for Babies the week of November 13-17. We were super pleased with all of the participation shown by our student body as they went to war raising coins for March of Dimes, learning about the many preventative measures that can be taken to prevent premature birth as well as all of the many things that the March of Dimes does for families in need when struck with a premature birth.
We also celebrated American Enterprise Day making note of the importance of small business and entrepreneurship especially here in our small town. We are very excited to announce that we had a 3-Way tie for winners of most Red, White and Blue for American Enterprise Day and would like to congratulate Jordan S., Brittanie J., and Susan G.
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.
Our national service partner, the March of Dimes, is a cause dedicated to raising funds to support families raising premature babies. The March of Dimes enables mothers to enjoy healthy, full-term pregnancies, and develops procedures to prevent future premature births. If your chapter is looking for a way to boost engagement amongst your members, consider participating in this year’s March for Babies. Collectively as a chapter, you can help end prematurity.
Visit the March for Babies website at marchforbabies.org. Use the search tool to find an event in your community. Join a walk or start your own!