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11/26/2012 5:22:00 PM
Chelan FBLA members start food drive
The FBLA Members mug for the camera just before setting off to hand bags.Mirror photo by Vince Lovato
The FBLA Members mug for the camera just before setting off to hand bags.
Mirror photo by Vince Lovato
Rose Czerniak carries a stack of food donation bag while for her FBLA club mates, from left to right:  Nataliann Tutino, Aaron Schramm, Jessica Miller and Sarah Fletcher.Mirror photos by Vince Lovato
Rose Czerniak carries a stack of food donation bag while for her FBLA club mates, from left to right: Nataliann Tutino, Aaron Schramm, Jessica Miller and Sarah Fletcher.
Mirror photos by Vince Lovato
Michelle Lovato
Staff Writer

Chelan FBLA members started their food drive Sunday, Nov. 24.

Advisor Kelly Kronbauer said one very important part of becoming a leader is understanding how to first serve others.

"Part of being a leader is giving back," Kronbauer said. "This helps students with recognizing the needs of the community."

Each year about 60 CHS club members participate in a food drive that yields thousands of pounds of food to distribute in the area. The CHS drive is in its 15th year.

"Every year we've had a really great response," Kronbauer said. "We will be giving out our bags the Sunday after Thanksgiving."

Madison Dietrich, a CHS senior and FBLA President, said students will deliver 1,000 donated paper bags to homes in eight neighborhoods with the hope that residents will fill them with non-perishable food items.

Dietrich said students walked or traveled by car to reach their assigned neighborhoods.

She participated in the food drive during past years.
"It's helped me in a lot of ways," Dietrich said. "I think sometimes we don't really see the need in our own community and for me and for FBLA to be able to do this is great. It really opened my eyes - and our eyes - and gave us the ability to help the community."

Once the FBLA food drive is complete, students will donate the food to the Lake Chelan Food Bank.

Kronbauer said the project teaches a core lesson and offers something tangible to many hungry and struggling families. \

"It always feels so awesome because they are truly filling a need," Kronbauer said. "Part of being a leader is giving back and recognizing needs of the community. Leadership isn't just taking, it's also serving."

The Lake Chelan Food Bank, located at 102 Emerson St., in Chelan, is open on Tuesdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m.





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