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Dodging Balls and Raising Awareness

Julie Jones

November 20, 2017


Each year in the United States, about half a million babies are born premature or with birth defects according to marchofdimes.org. WIth the help of donors from around the world, the March of Dimes Organization is able to provide vital services for moms and babies.

From November 13 through November 16, the Silver Lake FBLA teamed up to raise awareness for the March of Dimes. To kick things off, FBLA members decorated the halls in purple on Monday. FBLA members also encouraged all students and teachers to wear purple on Wednesday; they had a good turnout of participants.To raise money throughout the week, each class brought money in an attempt to be the winning team and get to play dodgeball against the teachers on Friday. The race between the seventh and eleventh graders was pretty close all week, and became even closer on Thursday with students scavenging all of the change they could and even trying to convince teachers to donate to their class. In the end, the junior class won with a total of $252.84 and got a chance to “get even” with the teachers during the dodgeball game on November 17, also known as World Prematurity Day. After the planned first game, the juniors decided to surprise the seventh graders- since they came in a close second, raising $201.54- and let them play the second game; the game ended up being teachers and juniors against seventh graders. With more time on the clock, the seventh graders and teachers teamed up against the juniors for an intense game. After that game was finished, there was still enough time for a quick closing game of juniors versus teachers. The juniors were the overall winners, but in the end, all that mattered was the great amount of effort put in by the whole school to raise money and awareness for the March of Dimes. The Mustangs rallied together to donate a grand total of $468.67. FBLA President and junior, Johnny Borgman had this to say about the week: “It was great to see the nicely decorated halls and all of the participation on Wednesday and overall throughout the week.” 

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