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By: Marissa Vader, Canyon-New Braunfels FFA
November 01, 2011

 
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The Canyon-New Braunfels FFA Floral Design class recently participated in a community service project.  As most of you know, much of Bastrop, TX was recently destroyed in a wildfire. Many homes, businesses and trees were lost in the fire. To help those affected, the class decided on an idea to make mums and garters for Bastrop High School to raise funds for the fire victims.  The class's goal was to make enough mums and garters for all of the victims who lost everything in the fire.

The chapter had already planned on making mums and garters for their upcoming homecoming, but one day a student came up with the idea to make them for the Bastrop fire victims instead.  The idea was presented to her ag teacher, who then asked her to present the idea to the class.  The idea was a hit and the class became ecstatic with the idea and how to raise funds to make it a success. 

The next day was the local fair parade. Students walked alongside the FFA float gathering donations for the mums and garters. The outpouring of support was overwhelming and the chapter was able to raise $850 that day alone.  Little did they know that the support they received during the parade was only beginning.  News of the effort quickly spread around New Braunfels. A local radio station interviewed one of the students involved in the fundraiser, helping bring even further awareness about the effort.


With donations collected, the class now had one week to make and deliver the mums and garters.  In the end, 91 mums and 47 garters were made. Nine members of the Canyon-New Braunfels FFA Chapter delivered the mums and garters to Bastrop student council members along with their student council advisor and principle. The Bastrop council members commended the members on their uniqueness and explained that about 145 Bastrop students had lost everything. 

It was a great pleasure for the students of Canyon-New Braunfels FFA to give fellow students and members something that they were unable to get this year.

 
 
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