The Lonoke High School Future Business Leaders of America has been very active in helping our community this past month.

In total, we’ve held three fundraisers to help those around us. Starting with the March of Dimes Fundraiser, we are proud to say that we raised a total of $1741.92 in an effort to help continue the work of this phenomenal organization. LHS students visited both schools in an effort to advocate for the March of Dimes and talk to the younger students about why it’s important to help.

Afterwards, students at the Lonoke Primary School and Lonoke Elementary School campuses were in a constant competition to raise the most money. In first place was Jerri Clark’s class, which raised a total of $206.32. Way to go guys! Coming in second place was Sarah Wallace’s class, raising a total of $169.40. Deanna Harris’s class came in third raising a total of $142.81.

Clark’s class will receive a pizza party for raising the most money. Wallace’s class and Harris’s class will both be receiving a certificate of their accomplishments. We are so proud of the work our students have put in, but are even prouder that we had the opportunity to help the March of Dimes.

Also going on this month was the annual FBLA book drive. Students were asked to bring new to gently-worn books to be donated to the Open Arms Shelter Library and the Lonoke Literacy Council. For every five books, students received one hour of community service. We received a great response from the students of Lonoke High School who were active in donating materials to benefit these organizations. The fundraiser was held at the beginning of the month and continued on until the end of March. FBLA managed to collect over 300 books for the Open Arms Shelter Library and the Lonoke Literacy Council. After much counting and sorting, the students worked together to deliver all of the books to these organizations. FBLA hopes to hold another book drive in the coming school year and top the number of books raised this year. So, mark your calendars, the book drive is coming up!

Our third and final fundraiser for the month of March was the Yankee Candle Catalogue Sale. FBLA members and advisers had a goal to raise money to help the local FBLA organization with next year’s expenses. From providing funding for conference trips to the various activities we do and celebrate like American Enterprise Day, this team collectively figured out a way to raise the money so that we could continue with our activities and community projects. FBLA raised a total of $624 to help benefit next year’s plans.

The local FBLA-PBL chapter looks forward to continue serving our community and participating in local, state, and national chapter activities. Our school, members, and advisers are all looking forward to another great year of celebrating and serving through FBLA.