FCCLA district readies for ‘a-thons’ fundraiser

 By Kay Braddock

It will be a morning of “a-thons,” and a day dedicated to raising funds for the Children’s Miracle Network, according to Terry High School FCCLA advisor Jody Haidle. 
Haidle, who works with the 15 high school students and 6 junior high students involved in the local FCCLA chapter, expects about 125 students throughout the district to attend the Thursday, Dec. 16 district meeting in Glendive. The day’s agenda will include morning fundraising activities along with a guest speaker from the Children’s Miracle Network. The afternoon will be dedicated to regular district agenda items, including electing district officers. 
The district includes 9 high schools throughout the area. Other schools within the district include: Fairview, Wibaux, Sidney, Glendive, Jordan, Ekalaka, Baker and Plevna.
This is the second year in a row the Montana FCCLA has picked the Children’s Miracle Network as their statewide outreach project. The 11 FCCLA districts throughout the state will be holding various fundraising activities to help generate funds for the project. 
At the district meeting in Glendive students will choose between three a-thons - bowling, shooting hoops or walking - to help raise funds through pledges for the Children’s Miracle Network, which benefits children’s hospitals throughout the nation. The only children’s hospital in Montana is the Shodair Hospital, located in Helena. 
Last year some of Terry’s FCCLA officers along with Haidle had the opportunity to visit the hospital.
“It was just phenomenal to hear the stories and the successes,” Haidle said of the visit. “One of the doctors actually talked to the kids about what they’re doing and what they’re spending the money on.” 
Funds raised last year through the Montana FCCLA were used to purchase playground equipment.
The hospital offers children’s medical services, genetic research and a unit dedicated to helping adolescents with chemical dependencies. 
“We hope to raise $3,250,” Haidle said of the district. “FCCLA is one of the larger financial sponsors in Montana.” 
The state fundraising goal is $12,500.

Published Dec. 15, 2010


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