FBLA helps out
Published 4:16 am Wednesday, December 21, 2005
As part of the FBLA State Project, the 30 students in Betty Clark's Business Education class/FBLA chapter collected soda pull tabs to be donated to Ronald McDonald House of Mobile. The FBLA organization strongly urges students to perform community service activities.
Collecting soda tabs is only one of the service projects being undertaken by the local chapter. On Thursday, Dec. 8, the local chapter presented 44 gallons of “pop tops” to Al Tenhundfeld, RMH Executive Director. Tenhundfeld told the students that during his visit that day he collected a total of 66.5 gallons. Two-thirds of the gallons collected were donated by FBLA.
Tenhundfeld told the students how Ronald McDonald House came into existence and described the Mobile facility. In addition to the recycling project, RMH also accepts donations of paper products, canned goods, and laundry/cleaning supplies. He shared some personal experiences that had occurred at the Mobile RMH. He also explained to them the necessity of recycling pop-tops in an effort to fund the services of the organization.
The money collected from recycling the tab tops is an $8,000 line item in their operating budget. He commended “Brewtonites” for their avid support of RMH “Be One in a Million” campaign. The local chapter of FBLA has been collecting pop-tops for five years and has donated almost 200 gallons during that time period.
FBLA members also assisted Clark by shopping for the children of Christmas 2005.
The students really enjoy shopping for the children - the activity helps them to “get in the Christmas spirit.”
One of the goals of FBLA is to train students to be involved in service to the community.
By assisting with this project students see that their advisor “practices what she preaches.”
Members of the Brewton Civic League are actively involved in shopping for the children, sorting the merchandise, and distributing the bags to the individual families as part of the community's Christmas 2005 project.