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Broad Run DECA students build bears for military spouses

Broad Run High School DECA students pose at the Sterling Operation Homefront office with the Build-a-Bear stuffed animals they made and donated to the nonprofit. Courtesy Photo/LCPS
Broad Run High School DECA students helped bring a little joy to military families in December.

Broad Run students participating in the George Washington/One Loudoun Chick-fil-A Leader Academy and the Broad Run DECA marketing program made and donated 100 “Build A Bears” for the local division of Operation Homefront, according to Loudoun County Public Schools officials.

The 32 participating students paid $50 each and made 100 bears at the Fair Oaks Mall “Build A Bear Workshop” for the community service project. They then dropped them off at the Operation Homefront office in Sterling. The activity was part of the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy “Do Good December” project.

Broad Run students Lauren Board, Hodan Mohamed and Kiyan Parvaresh led the initiative. They are the presidents of the Broad Run Chick-fil-A Leader Academy and are the community service project directors for DECA.

Operation Homefront, a nonprofit that aids military families, will be using the bears for its Star Bangled Baby Shower in June.

Since 2008, Operation Homefront has provided baby supplies to more than 14,000 military new and expecting moms across the country. Last year, Broad Run students helped the Sterling Operation Homefront implement the baby shower. Students conducted a donation drive, made diaper cakes and assisted in making more than 100 gift baskets for the event.

Chick-fil-A Leader Academy is a national high school leadership program focused on impact through action. DECA is an international organization for marketing students that aims to prepare high school students for careers in entrepreneurship, marketing, management, finance, and hospitality and tourism while providing them opportunities to become academically prepared, professionally responsible, community oriented and experienced leaders.


WOW!  What a waste of time, effort, and resources.  Its kind of sad what some folks believe is assistance / activism!

Nice job, DECA kids!

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