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Purple Out! A Venus High School Community Service Project Venus, Texas 2012 Prepared by Anne Clarisse Viduya; Heather Horton; Merry Dimanh

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Table of Contents Purpose of Project ……………………………………………………………………………… 3 Statement of Project Goals …………………………………………………………………. 3 Service to the Community and its Citizens ………………………………………………... 3 Planning and Development of Project ………………………………………………………… 4 Implementation of Project …………………………………………………………….….…… 6 The Results ……………………………………………………………………………………... 7 Impact and Benefits to the Community ………………………………………………………. 8 Evidence of Publicity …………………………………………………………………….…….. 9 Our Venus Community at Work …………………………………………………………….. 11

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Purpose of Project “Working Together for Stronger, Healthier Babies” The Organization, March of Dimes, is a non-profit organization that spends time, money, and energy towards research and building a bright future for premature babies in need of help. The March of Dimes Organization, with the help of local communities, raises money in support of research and education to prevent birth defects and increase infant mortality. Chapter’s Goals for the Purple Out! March of Dimes Project 

Help raise money in order to financially help the March of Dimes lessen the statistics for premature babies.

Increase awareness about suffering babies and families all around the world.

Help save the lives of many innocent children.

Encourage the students, the teachers, and the community of Venus to participate and get involved in community service to support a common goal—to raise donations for the March of Dimes.

Hold a "March of Dime" fundraising competition as a fundraiser for the March of Dimes cause.

Perform informational rallies for the student body about the risks of premature birth and ways to help prevent it.

Provide the high school with a Purple Out! Day in honor of the March of Dimes cause, and to show support for the millions of babies who lose their lives each year due to premature birth.

Display the efforts of the Venus community by lining out a real "march of dimes" for all to see. Service to the Community and its Citizens

The Venus High School FBLA Chapter raised money and informed the student body, their families and the community, about becoming aware of the dangers of having a premature baby. The Venus community joined together to support the March of Dimes and their cause to educate, research, increase awareness, and help the families and babies in need.

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Planning and Development of Project 

The Venus High School Chapter of FBLA wants to support the March of Dimes in their fight to reduce the number of premature babies, not only through donating and raising money but by raising awareness as well. Inspired by the hard work of FBLA members and officers at the 2011 State Leadership Conference, the Venus High School Chapter wanted to host their own March of Dimes Project, comprised of many different units. Since this was the first big project our FBLA chapter has ever done, and we want to ensure success and maximize participation, FBLA members will invite the Venus High School Key Club to co-sponsor the event. This joint effort was a huge success and will allow both chapters of our community to unite to complete the work that needs to be done.

FBLA and Key Club members will ask for and receive letters of approval from the High School principal to exercise all events that both clubs have planned for this special occasion.

The Purple Out! Project will span over a time period of approximately two weeks and end on November 17, 2011, or Prematurity Awareness Day, when all students and faculty will be encouraged to "purple out" in support of the March of Dimes cause.  The Venus FBLA Chapter and Key Club will order wristbands via Awareness Products Online in October, and begin selling the purple tie-dye bracelets by the 1st of the November for $1 each. The proceeds will also be donated to the March of Dimes.

The Venus FBLA Chapter will acquire baby bottles, as well, where everyone will put the dimes that they want to donate, and to integrate the meaning of March of Dimes.

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The Venus High School FBLA will invite the Key Club to assist us in this endeavor. This will demonstrate a unique method of raising excitement and eliciting support for our cause to support the March of Dimes. The chapters will use baby bottles and bottle banks for donation containers and place one in each classroom. In order to increase community support, the chapters will advertise that the 6th period class with the highest amount of donations will receive a pizza party.

For an extra special conclusion and finale, chapter members will line the halls of the school during 6th and 7th periods with all the monetary donations with a goal of “marching” the donations from one end of the school to the other, covering each hallway along the way.

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Steps to Implementation of Project With our principal’s approval of our project and all the planning done, it was time for action to take place. Step 1: In late October, FBLA ran a district-wide drive for new or used baby bottles to use as "money jars" for the Purple Out project, which would commence on Monday, November 7th until Thursday, November 17th. Step 2: A meeting between the FBLA and Key Club chapters was held on November 8, 2011, where both clubs discussed how to implement all parts of the March of Dimes Project. Step 3: Members of the two clubs designed several posters and notices and posted them around the high school campus, so that as many people as possible could spread the word and incite the whole community, beyond just the high school, to get involved with this project. Step 4: FBLA and Key Club members gathered up baby bottles donations used to collect donations in respect of premature babies around the world. These would be used as containers where everybody who participated would put their coins, ie. dimes, pennies, and quarters, into the baby bottles. Additional bottles were purchased as needed. Step 5: FBLA and Key Club members sold purple March of Dimes awareness bracelets, to the students and the community in order to raise more money to donate to the March of Dimes Organization and increase awareness of the project. Step 6: On the Friday before the competition began, all classrooms with a 6th period class were issued their baby bottles, where their dimes and donations were to be placed. Step 7: Pre-determined committee groups composed of the FBLA and Key Club members and their advisors collected the money raised by each 6th period class, and began to count the donations in an effort to find the winning class. Step 8: Once a winning class was determined, the most challenging part of the project began. On November 17th, during 6th period—chapter members lined every single penny of the donations collected down the hallways of the school to create a real “March of Dimes.” Step 9: Once the exhibit was complete, everybody in the school and community was invited to observe our success. 7


The Results The project was a huge success! A large majority of our Venus High School faculty and the 500 students wore purple and supported the cause. Donations jointly totaled $883.08 ($441.54 per chapter). Everyone was extremely proud of this achievement, since they knew that we had all worked together and would be able to touch the lives of others in a way that they will never forget. We were able to march our dimes from the front to the back of our school, covering portions of every hallway—it was a true "march of dimes."

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Impact and Benefits to the Community The March of Dimes project both impacted and benefitted the Venus Community, the March of Dimes organization, and the premature babies and their families. The March of Dimes project raised community awareness in Venus of the dangers of having premature babies. It united everyone to become involved in our community in a united effort to save lives and give support and happiness to families who need help. The March of Dimes project gave our student body a sense of accomplishment and the satisfaction of knowing that their combined efforts, could touch so many other families, with joy, as they worked together to help change other people’s lives in a great way. The March of Dimes showed the Venus Community the importance of helping others as it united the community in a way that is different and unique. It was a very heart-warming sight to see the results of the “March of Dimes�, knowing that everybody in our school and humble community united to help other people in need through this unique project. This project also helped promote the March of Dimes Organization and its cause, their medical research fund, and the premature babies all around the world that it serves.

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Evidence of Publicity These Posters lined the Hallways of our VHS Campus:

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November 17

This Flyer was handed out to each classroom teacher

Purple Out in Support of March of Dimes!! 6th Period Classes  Compete to see which class can collect the most donations for the March of Dimes  6th period class who collects the most donations will win a PIZZA PARTY!  All classes will line their dimes up in the hallways to try to cover the halls for a REAL March of Dimes!! (EVERYONE TRY TO BRING DIMES, IF POSSIBLE)  No donations will be turned away so bring your pennies, nickels, quarters, and dollars too!  Co-Sponsored by VHS FBLA and Key Club!  All proceeds will be donated to March of Dimes!!

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Purple out! November 17 - Our Venus Community at Work!

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2012 CSP - "Purple Out" March of Dimes