BY DANIEL SHELL, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, TuHS FBLA
The Tualatin Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) have gotten a quick start into the Holiday spirit by partaking in multiple community service events. They have participated in events such as a March of Dimes fundraiser and put together Thanksgiving food baskets for needy families in the community. They have been doing these service events since the beginning of October and have spent countless hours at local farms and community events to help support these organizations.
Tualatin High School FBLA has been fundraising money for March of Dimes, a non-profit organization that donates all proceeds to hospitals around the country to support premature-born babies. Tualatin FBLA alone has raised over $1,650 for The March of Dimes organization, all of which was donated in Mid-December. Additionally, Tualatin FBLA set up booths at Lee Farms and Baggenstos Farm to help raise money over the last couple months for March of Dimes. According to Chapter Advisor Jim McCaffrey, who has been running the FBLA chapter for 14 years, “Each year our kids set a goal they would like to reach for fundraising for March of Dimes, and this year our goal was $1,200. We far surpassed this goal and I am very proud of each and every one of our members. This was only possible because of our outstanding officer team and chapter members.”
Furthermore, over the few weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, Tualatin FBLA organized a Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive where they collected enough food to put together 12 food baskets to donate to underprivileged families at the high school. The food baskets consisted of all the Holiday essentials: including a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, apples, and much more!
All in all, Tualatin FBLA has been striving towards bettering our community and helping those less fortunate. All of these efforts have been led by Ashlyn Welk, the Community Service Officer. When asked about the importance of the community service that Tualatin FBLA does, Welk responded, “Community service is important to us because it allows Tualatin FBLA to get involved in the community, and provides a great opportunity to form business connections with our chapter.”
Daniel Shell is a junior at Tualatin High school and the Marketing and Communications officer for the Tualatin High School Future Business Leaders of America chapter. He enjoys running cross country and playing baseball, as well as being in the outdoors and adventuring in his free time.