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FBLA & the March of Dimes

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by Joshua Dimmick - Executive Vice President - [email protected]

March of Dimes was founded on January 3, 1938, by Franklin D. Roosevelt. The current mission statement for the March of Dimes is

"To improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. We carry out this mission through research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies' lives. March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects, low birth weight."

November 17 was Prematurity Awareness Day. A day in which FBLA members support the March of Dimes and bring awareness to their mission. There are many ways FBLA chapters can support the March of Dimes! One of those ways is through fundraising.

  • Fundraising. There are many ways to raise money for the March of Dime. From coin drives to carnival games or the cutest baby contest.

    • For coin drives March of Dimes coin boxes are distributed to every teacher in your school, and the class that raises the most money will win a party compliments of FBLA. Since teens get really motivated with food, be sure the party includes some kind of food.
    • For the carnival games you could host games, such as tug-of-war, sack races, three legged races, or an obstacle course during each lunch period. And to get in the games the students or staff would pay a quarter to join in on the fun.

Chapters can also apply for a grant from MissionLIFT to receive funds to sponsor bigger projects. The money from the grants can be used for raffle prizes, advertisements for your fundraiser, or even an awareness campaign!

For more information about the March of Dimes visit their Web site at http://marchofdimes.org/ .