By Manasi Sridhar, Tualatin High School FBLA
Tualatin High School FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) kicked off their annual March of Dimes initiative, which raises money for the premature babies and research about premature babies at the Doernbecher Hospital. In order to raise money, members sell paper pumpkins to the rest of the community. Members also volunteered at a few of the local pumpkin patches, Ryser Farms and Lee Farms, to ask pumpkin patch goers to donate to the cause. Each year, the FBLA chapter, being one of the largest clubs at both Tualatin High School and in the state of Oregon raises more money for the organization than any other chapter in the state. Fundraising went through November 22 and Tualatin FBLA made over $700.
Also in October, FBLA members volunteered at the Regatta Run, which is held in honor of late Cpl. Matthew Lembke, and raises money for scholarships for Tualatin High School seniors. Members arrived to the location of the start of the race around 6:20 a.m. to construct the balloon arch that marked the finish line of the race. It was a great opportunity for teamwork and bonding, as well as volunteering for a local cause, of which the benefits would be seen by the students themselves.
All in all, Tualatin FBLA is off to an exciting start, already having some significant community service achievements under their belt. Their efforts have been initiated by Nolen Llanes, a senior at Tualatin High School, and the 2018 FBLA Community Service Officer, who remarked, “Our club members go above and beyond. They are working hard for some great causes.”
To learn more about Tualatin FBLA, please visit our website at: tualatinfbla.com.