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Clear Spring High students kick off Race for Awareness

Three school groups designate issues they plan to try to tackle

January 07, 2013
  • From left, students Sean Kreps, Sarah Elwood, Shannon Bishop and Kayla Stoner are participating in the Race For Awareness at Clear Spring High School.
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Clear Spring High School students have kicked off the Race for Awareness program at the school to help students cope with everyday life.

Created and organized by Clear Spring High School FBLA Vice President Kayla Stoner, the Race for Awareness is a service project that will be carried out by three organizations at the school: Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America and National Honor Society.

The three organizations plan to raise awareness of their respective issues and show their individual interest in helping a cause.

The Future Business Leaders of America selected Donate Life America as its organization to promote.

Donate Life America is a nonprofit organization aimed at making people more aware of the benefits of organ donation. It encourages people to become organ donors.

Stoner said her group chose the organization because it was one that affected the Clear Spring community. Taking approximately three weeks to complete, the FBLA would like more people to become organ donors and recognize all the benefits of donating.

The Future Farmers of America chose the Lyme Disease Association, which is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that promotes research, education and patient support. FFA Treasurer Shannon Bishop said having Lyme disease is a big reason why FFA chose that association.

The officer team agreed that this was the organization of choice.
After two weeks of planning and organizing, the FFA plans to raise awareness of the disease.

Lastly, the National Honor Society decided to raise awareness about suicide prevention. In suicide prevention, steps are provided in fighting suicidal thoughts, along with helping others with their problems. Signs of depression will be listed so suicide risks could be recognized early.

Two NHS student representatives, Sean Kreps and Sarah Elwood, said the NHS took a vote to choose the topic.

They want to show that pressure on students, along with their heavy workloads, might be a factor in suicide. In their weeklong process, they plan to raise awareness, especially with teachers and parents.

The Future Business Leaders of America would like to continue the project in years to come, get more people involved and educate the community about worthy causes.

Fliers for all of the organizations discussed can be found at the following locations: Clear Spring Pharmacy, M&T Bank at the Clear Spring location and Clear Spring Town Hall.

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