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FBLA Sponsors March of Dimes Awareness Campaign

Over the past week at Clinton High School the students have come together to celebrate the March of Dimes Organization.   The mission of the March of Dimes is to help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. 

One of the first activities was an assembly that was sponsored and organized by Clinton FBLA members.    The assembly provided students and staff the opportunity to celebrate many lives that have been saved by the valuable research provided through the March of Dimes organization.  Each year there are over 15 million babies that are born prematurely.  Due to research and medical advancement, 14 million of these babies get to celebrate their first birthday with family and friends. 

During the assembly there were guest speakers that shared their story about their children.  Mr. Jason Abner, CHS Activities Director, and his wife Melissa shared and celebrated the birth of their baby girl, Marlie, with the students.  Marlie was born March 13, 2014 and weighed only 2 pounds 6 ounces.  The Abner’s shared with the students what it was like to be the parent of a baby so small. The second guests were Christy and Ernie Staashelm who shared their story about current CHS juniors, Emily and Elizabeth.  Students were moved in learning of the obstacles these two young ladies have overcome.  At the end of the assembly Miss Savannah Williams was introduced to the study body, carried by her proud parents Tommie, CHS Custodian, and wife Jennie Williams, born on December 7, weighing in at 2 pounds 14 ounces. At the close of the assembly all of the CHS faculty and students that were born premature were recognized and given a purple Hawaiian lei to wear.  

FBLA members provided an informational table during lunch with information about the March of Dimes.  Many students visited the table to learn more information or to visit with our guest of honor, Marlie Abner.    Emily and Elizabeth Staashelm also visited with the students. 

All students throughout Clinton School District had the opportunity to celebrate the March of Dimes on Monday, February 9, which was designated as a “wear purple” day in honor of Marlie and Friends.  Students throughout the school district enjoyed wearing purple and celebrating all of our preemies.

The March of Dimes awareness campaign that was sponsored by Clinton FBLA was very successful, fun and informative.  For more information about the March of Dimes, visit their website at www.marchofdimes.org.