Public Relations Activity — December

Now is the time of year where we all have made it through to the last stretch of the first semester of school. With 2020 right around the corner, December is a great time to recognize and reward others for their hard work this year. As expected, there are multiple midterms and finals that face all students before the start of winter break. Usually, it is not uncommon to see your fellow FBLA members and peers anxious and frantic in the midst of preparing for tests. However, what if I told you that there are things that you and your chapter can do to help ease everyone’s nerves in this season?

It is my suggestion that FBLA chapters commit to service this month by hosting small events and get-togethers to help students relax before their exams. In order to organize a purposeful “de-stress event”, consider what types of things would help best soothe students in your school community. A few ideas for events to organize can be found in the list below:

List of “De-Stress Events”

  • Decorate gingerbread cookies- Officers can bring frosting and sprinkles to make this activity a festive success. Furthermore, you can make this into a competition where the best cookie decorator wins a prize!
  • Host a Hot Chocolate Party- gather together supplies to make this holiday drink, and bring together your peers one afternoon to enjoy it
  • Photo Booth- with holiday signs and Santa hats where members can take pictures with their friends. It would also be fun to watch a holiday movie to allow your members the chance to unwind after a long semester.
  • Karaoke Competition- find your favorite songs and let the world hear your tunes as you relax to the sounds of music
  • Pet Therapy- partner with a local animal shelter and see if you can set up a date for students to visit and relax with adorable animal friends
  • Nature Walk-  select a trail or walking path near your school for students to go on; nature and exercise are great tools for boosting energy and happiness
  • Finger Painting Party- get your creative juices flowing with simple, but helpful finger painting activities (be sure to try out holiday-themed drawings!)
  • Modified Tutoring Sessions- use your chapter’s resources of knowledge to provide a scheduled tutoring session for students; be sure to interrupt tutoring with fun icebreakers in between
  • Community Service- Using this event as a way to do community service is a great way to give back in the holiday season. Members can be encouraged to bring a toy to donate to children in need in the holidays or your chapter can collect canned goods to donate to a local food shelter.

I hope that you have the opportunity to try out at least one of these ideas before final exams this year. Remember to study hard and also find time to give your mind a healthy break! Don’t forget to hashtag all of your exciting social event posts with #GAFBLA so members all across the state can see the fun things your chapter is doing!

Coffee Middle Future Business Leaders of America visit the Douglas Animal Shelter

On November 7, 2019, members of the Coffee Middle FBLA enjoyed an afternoon volunteering at the Douglas Animal Shelter. Each year, CMS FBLA chooses a community service project to showcase for competitive events at the State Leadership Conference in February.  This year’s community service project is “Coffee Middle School Cause for Paws”. Students collected items such as blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, food, and shampoos for animals at the shelter. While visiting the shelter, members had the opportunity to spend time holding kittens, socializing with the animals and playing fetch with some of the dogs. After playing with the animals, students gathered supplies for cleaning and began washing food bowls, sweeping and mopping the floors as well as disinfecting the visiting areas. This project was enjoyed by all who were able to attend. Coffee Middle FBLA asks for your continued support of the Douglas Animal Shelter and the Coffee County Humane Society. 

Icebreaker of the Month — November

During the month of November, it is important that we give thanks for the things that we have. A great icebreaker to get your chapter into the Thanksgiving spirit is “What Are You Thankful for?” In this icebreaker, have everyone stand in a big circle and have each person talk about what he or she is thankful for. The circle symbolizes unity and family.

Another way to do this activity can be to have everyone write down what he or she is thankful for and post it on your chapter bulletin board for everyone to see. This icebreaker can be used throughout the year but is especially meaningful during the month of November.

Cook High FBLA – Making a Difference

Cook High FBLA members are busy with community service projects. Recently, we participated in the Trick or Treat and Fall Frolic activities for our special students here at Cook High. The annual Fall Frolic is put on by HOSA, and our club sponsored a bowling tournament and prizes as we collaborated with HOSA for the Fall Frolic. Members were very excited to help the special students as they tried for strikes. The special students were dressed as the “Addams Family” and were adorable as they paraded around for their activities.