By LAUREN CONNER
TROY BUCHANAN HIGH SCHOOL
Students involved in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at Troy Buchanan High School are raising money to help benefit their main charity, March of Dimes. This charity helps promote healthy pregnancies in women and the prevention of premature babies.
“So in FBLA, every year it’s the biggest charity they donate to, so here at this school we decorate the business hallway purple, we have hat days, we sell root beer floats for a dollar during all lunch shifts this Friday, November the 16th,” FBLA Vice President Emma Maher said. “We have ‘dime wars’ in the AcLabs and the AcLab that raises the most money gets a ice cream party.”
Though not everyone has a personal connection to the charity, many still believe in the cause and that it deserves attention not only in the school but in the community as well.
“I think the importance of recognizing it is that premature babies are a really big problem and I don’t think people realize how many babies are born premature,” FBLA President Lexie Payne said. “I think we need to bring awareness to that.”
FBLA holds activities through the month so students can get involved and educate themselves on the issue.
“This week we have a spirit week where people can participate and dress up each day,” Maher said. “Monday is crazy sock day, Tuesday is hat day if you pay a dollar and that money goes to the charity, Wednesday is denim day, Thursday is college day and then on Friday we wear purple to show awareness.”
At the end of the month, all of the money that is raised is sent in to the charity, and at the national convention for FBLA, the chapter that raises the most money gets recognition.
“Our only goal this year is to raise more money than we did last year,” Payne said. “Last year we raised about 600 dollars and were hoping that we can exceed that goal this year.”
Not only can money be raised through the school, but outside, you can donate money directly to the charity.
“For FBLA, this is our main charity so that’s what we mainly raise money for and you can do it through us and the school or go on their website, or really just donating money,” Payne said.
To donate money to the March of Dimes, go through their website at www.marchofdimes.org.