Tualatin High business club exceeds fundraising goal
Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 11:30 AM
As explained by the club’s community service officer, Megan Freel, the leadership team set a goal of raising $3,000 by partnering with local businesses, recognizing outstanding individuals monthly, setting goals for each member and encouraging underclassmen to participate.
“I think the over-reaching thing this year is that they thought outside the box versus the previous years,” said adviser James McCaffrey. “This year, with great leadership and great creativity, they almost tripled what had been done by the chapter before and set a new standard.”
The FBLA leadership team asked each student in the Advanced Business classes to raise at least $20 and other club members to raise at least $10. Many students raised $30 or more in what Freel called a real team effort.
They set up a table outside of Haggen Food & Pharmacy to ask for donations and let the community know about their efforts. For two evenings, Chipotle Mexican Grill in Nyberg Woods donated 20 percent of the proceeds from people who came to the restaurant with a special FBLA coupon. Club member Lauren Robeznieks took advantage of that by holding a Tualatin High swim team dinner at Chipotle.
Freel personally was touched by people who approached them and told stories of babies who had been born prematurely or with birth defects. They donated and expressed how much they appreciated what the students were doing.
“You don’t realize how much people care,” Freel said.
— Ginger Moshofsky