MASON — Members of the Wahama High School Future Business Leaders of America recently took measures to ensure younger Bend Area students do not go hungry on the weekends.
The FBLA students held a food drive to help with the backpack program, sponsored by the Mason United Methodist Church. Each week, women of the church fill nearly 40 bags of food for needy New Haven Elementary students who might otherwise go hungry when school is not in session.
Cans of soup and pasta, granola bars, peanut butter, pudding cups and more were delivered to the church by the FBLA members. Open to the entire student body, for every five food items donated, Wahama students received an hour of community service.
The FBLA members also recently went to the state competition, where seven members placed and qualified to compete in the nationals in June in Atlanta, Ga.
Qualifying for nationals, and the places they won at state, are Ashley Adams, third place, Social Media Campaign; Krista Clay, third place, Social Media Campaign; Rebecca Gerlach, second place, Public Speaking; Shelby Gerlach, third place, Social Media Campaign; Isaiah Pauley, third place, Impromptu Speaking; Lexi Roush, second place, Entrepreneurship; and Kaleigh Stewart, second place, Entrepreneurship.
The group was accompanied by their advisor, Heidi Wood.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.