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MHS FBLA members donate $4,000 to ASK

Some of the Middlesex High School FBLA members with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the recent ASK party include, from left, Kanisha Parrish, Kausha Parrish, Kabri Young, Giovonnie Reed, Jocelyn Griffin, Bianca Rios and Rachel Musick.

On December 2, 14 members of the Middlesex High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) traveled to the Holiday Inn at Koger Center in Midlothian to help with the “Assistance Support Kindness” (ASK) Childhood Cancer Foundation’s annual Christmas Party.

This was the fourth year the chapter has participated in this activity. More than 300 ASK kids and their families turned out for this holiday party where the children played games, worked on crafts, “shopped” for their families, received gifts, and had their pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The MHS students attending acted as “elf” escorts, shoppers, operated several craft and game stations, and helped out wherever they were needed.

The holiday collections for ASK have become an annual event at Middlesex High School. The LEO Club, DECA and other MHS organizations contribute to FBLA’s endeavors to make life better for children with cancer. Students shopped at Walmart after school on November 28 where they purchased more than $3,000 worth of gifts to go with the gifts donated at the school.

On the following day after school, a gift wrapping party and pot-luck dinner was hosted in the cafeteria at MHS where more than 40 students displayed their wrapping talents.

MHS principal Jeannie Duke said, “This was my first opportunity to see this organization at work and it was awe inspiring. Students wrapped hundreds of gifts and were happy talking to each other and assisting each other with the wrapping. To see them all working together on behalf of others truly showed me Christmas spirit, and I was so proud to be a part of something so special. To know how much time all these students took to go shopping and then to stay after school and wrap really speaks to how kind they are and how they see beyond themselves. This is truly a special mission at MHS!”

“The dedication of the students in their selfless dedication to this cause is truly heartwarming” said FBLA adviser Carl McWhorter. “They work all year for these children and continue helping long after they graduate from MHS. The students also help educate others about childhood cancer and about the impact ASK has on the Middlesex community.”

Students attending the party were Zach Belcher, Joseph Cockrell, Jocelyn Griffin, Dana Hunter, Robert Lemon, Levi Lott, Sheyanne Mills, Rachel Musick, Kanisha Parrish, Kausha Parrish, Giovonnie Reed, Bianca Rios, Kyle Shelton, Kabri Young, and advisers Megan Bibbins and Carl McWhorter.

Through the generosity of the Middlesex community, MHS FBLA was able to donate more than $4,000 in gifts and other donations to ASK this year. This does not, however, end the chapter’s fundraising for ASK. The students work year-around and all fund-raising proceeds go directly to ASK. Every school year, FBLA members collect donations around school for ASK and set up a collection booth at the Urbanna Oyster Festival. There is a spring fundraiser for ASK and the chapter receives donations year-around from MHS alumni.

This year members also worked the Bethpage Haunted Halloween activity at the mini-golf in Urbanna and received a generous donation for ASK from the resort.

Donations may be made at any time by sending a check to FBLA/ASK, Middlesex High School, P.O. Box 206, Saluda, VA 23149.

On Tuesday, December 11, FBLA officers will host a preschool party for the children at Penny Tree Place in Richmond. This is a more intimate setting with one-on-one interactions with the children and the gifts tailored to each student.

ASK enhances the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Department at VCU Health Systems by funding several positions, including a psychologist, chaplain, and child life therapist. ASK also provides opportunities for cancer patients and their families to forget about their disease and enjoy life through sponsoring trips to local attractions and sporting events.

To find out more about Middlesex FBLA and ASK, go to http://www.cmcwhorter/fbla.htm.

posted 12.05.2012

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