Published Date Written by Gail OberBELMONT — To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the national Future Business Leaders of America, two of its Belmont students were on hand last week while selectmen read a proclamation naming the week FBLA week in Belmont.
Belmont High School junior Courtney Pelletier and sophomore Colton Cadarette explained to the board the five areas the FBLA reaches out to the general population through professional development, community service, public relations, fund-raising and social activities.
The mission statement of the organization is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.
In Belmont, FBLA members, said Pelletier and Cadarette, are actively involved in the WLNH Childrens Auction, the Mix 94.1 Cash and Cans Drive, the American Diabetes Association "Step Out" Campaign, the N.H. Make a Wish Foundation, the Childrens Hospital at Dartmouth (CHAD) and the annual Battle of the Badges, David's House and the Manchester Monarchs "Pink in the Rink" that supports the fight against breast cancer.
The two told selectmen that they reach out to the public through press releases, raise money through the annual holiday fair and a drink machine in the academic wing, host social activities like lunches and dinners, sledding, blowing and hiking.
The group reached out to the board to seek community service opportunities in Belmont, to establish relationships with business professionals in town, and to see what other ideas the selectmen may have for their agency.
FBLA in Belmont has 31 students and is open to any student. The students at the high school also hold a "step up" night where they meet with interested eight graders at the middle school.
Last fall the BHS chapter received the Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter Award at the FBLA Fall Leadership Workshop in Nashua. The award is given to chapter recognized as being in the top three in the state.