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The newly-formed chapter is off and running, partnering with businesses and holding fundraisers

Students in Molalla no longer have to wait for high school to be a part of Future Business Leaders of America. Now, middle-schoolers can participate in the newly-formed FBLA Molalla Middle School Chapter.

The kids seem thrilled to have the opportunity.

"What excites me the most is that we get to hear how to run a business because when I'm done with college, I want to have my own bakery," said Olivia Ehleringer, middle FBLA president. "And also, there will be cool opportunities for us."

COURTESY PHOTO: MIDDLE FBLA - Students in middle school can now participate in FBLA with the newly formed FBLA Molalla Middle School Chapter.

But with new opportunities and a new organization comes some needs. For the middle-school chapter, these include: computers, scholarships to help students cover the cost of competitions and supplies for their fundraising efforts.

The chapter is getting busy working on these needs right away. They are joining with businesses and holding two fundraisers.

They've already partnered with Les Schwab Tires, The Dentist Off Main, Floyd Family Orthodontics and Cowboy Coffee. They're looking for more partnerships as well to help grow the program.

They'll also get some hands-on business experience with the fundraisers.

"I think it's a good opportunity for young people to learn about business at a young age," said member Justin G.

The first of their fundraisers was a Date-Night babysitting event on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the middle school gym. Parents could drop their children off for babysitting while they enjoyed a date night. They paid a fee to help the chapter raise funds.

Their second fundraiser is selling coffee at Molalla River Middle School on late-start Fridays.

Members of the chapter, under Adviser Patty Ehleringer are as follows.

Olivia Ehleringer, president; Jonathan Grossnickle, vice president; Taylor Gates, treasurer; Colten Strohmeyer, secretary; Makenzy Ehleringer, junior vice president; Ekatherina Sanarov, vice president of media; Elizabeth Estrada, vice president of membership; Emma Jean Hugo, fundraiser; Piper Beck, fundraiser; Owen Ritter, chapter champion; and other members Violet Bickford, Mercedes Chavez-Morfin, Brady Beck, Justin Goettel, Audrey Hamilton, Cole Harris, Kayden Harris, Aaron Rearick, Osten Terry, Otto Terry and Joli Watson.


Kristen Wohlers
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