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Q&A with Miles for Merry Miracles project manager Teresa Hebert

Natalie Clare

Teresa Hebert Q&A

  1. What is the organization and how long has FC raised money for this charity?
    1. “Miles for Merry Miracles was founded in 2008 by FC sophomore class president Nick Hebert, who at that time was working on his Eagle Scout Project. In 2009, Nick and fellow students Ryan Smith and Kendra Mifflin, who were on the first M4MM leadership board, also served on the inaugural Executive Board of Dance Marathon.”
  2. What fundraisers do you do to raise money?
    1. “Miles for Merry Miracles does not consider itself to be raising money. Instead, it works primarily to partner with Angel Tree Sponsors to provide gifts of clothing, shoes, toys and food to create a miraculous experience to children who might not otherwise receive these blessings. Our youth leadership board is based on an application and interview process. They receive training and have even been successful at writing grants for over $35,000. Those funds have been used to offset the costs to host runs, shopping sprees, dinners, etc. that have served over 7,150 meals, provided over 40,000 non-perishable food items, purchased craft supplies and photo supplies for Santa Pictures at the Christmas dinner, and host other large scale community service projects.”
  3. How much money have you raised in the past?
    1. “Considering the average spent on the Angel Tree gifts and costs associated with the large scale service projects, the value would exceed well over $900,000. Additionally, more than 21,000 volunteer hours have been logged. After this year, Miles for Merry Miracles will have collaborated with the community to provide gifts to nearly 5,000 Angel Tree and Kentucky Refugee Ministries children. We have also provided gifts to children at Haven House, Wayside Christian Ministries, Family Ark (Foster Children)  and provided toys for Norton Children’s Hospital. We have also partnered with other youth led, youth serving non-profits like Makenzie’s Coat Closet where we collected over 1,000 gently used coats We also are partnering with Brianna’s Silly Socks this year.”
  4. What is your goal for this year?
    1. “Our goal is to provides gifts of clothing, shoes, toys, and food to 350 children and their families. Through a partnership with Salvation Army and some of our sponsors, we will also provide about 100 new bikes, one to each of the families we are serving.”
  5. How have you helped the community? What specific stories?
    1. “As a result of a food drive in Dec. 2016 to benefit M4MM families being served, about 8,500 food items were collected. Unfortunately, 3,466 of those items were packs of Ramen Noodles. M4MM youth leaders set out to partner with a girl scout who was working on her Gold Award. Anna Perkins, a then senior at Floyd Central, led us to educate our community that unhealthily food is not what should be donated during a food drive. Good to Grow Green, another youth inspired alliteration, was launched. Good to Grow Green (G2GG) promotes student responsibility, healthy eating and community service by setting up gardens in the classroom. These gardens are not ordinary crops; they are vertical aeroponic gardens provided by the local student leaders who created this nationally-recognized, non-profit project. This earth-friendly approach to gardening uses less water and space than soil gardens, without the use of chemicals like herbicides and pesticides. Plus, we can grow our plants year-round and 30 percent faster. We were fortunate to place in the top 10 of almost 300 projects nationwide and received an all expense paid trip to Chicago to compete for a $10,000 prize. We did not win the top prize in terms of money. We did receive some top notch training from industry leaders. Since our first garden was installed in April of 2017, we have taught about 500 students in 25 NAFCS classrooms about food, nutrition, gardening and philanthropy. There are currently two gardens in Ms. McGowan’s class at Floyd Central. Her FBLA students are learning about branding, presentation skills, cost analysis, research, and development among other business skills.”

Dance Marathon continues fundraising

By Natalie Clare

When: February 23, 2019

Never sit down, never stop dancing. Throughout the night of dance marathon, hundreds of FC students dance for those who cannot.

“Dance Marathon is an organization for Riley Children’s Hospital that raises money to support research, help support families while they are there,” said FCDM sponsor Ashley Faith. “Dance Marathon at Floyd Central is just a fundraising opportunity to help move in that bigger direction.”

FCDM does not just give during the holiday season, but year round. Medical bills and hospital stays can build up. So, Dance Marathon raises tens of thousands of dollars to help families focus on what is important: the quality of their child’s life.

It all started with Ryan White, said Faith. According to the Health Resources & Services Administration, Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS after a faulty blood transfusion in December, 1984. Ryan was subjected to AIDS-related hatred and his story went viral. The first Dance Marathon was held in honor of Ryan White.

“It was mainly a college thing, and it sort of branched out from there,” said Faith. “Floyd Central Dance Marathon is a part of IU Bloomington. Although, they all go together in the end.”

Over the years, FCDM has also had a growing monetary goal. This year, Faith said the school goal is $75,000. Having this goal gives fundraising a finish line, so students should set individual goals to help with their fundraising.

“My personal monetary goals this year is $2,500,” said FCDM executive member Kelby Rippy. “That would put my individual total raised funds at $7,000 over the last four years.”

It is easy to get caught up in the money aspect of fundraising. Sometimes, when we take a step back and remembering who is being fundraised for, we are refocused on our main goal.

“[Dance Marathon] is not a dance, like many people think it is,” said Faith. “It’s meant to bring awareness and raise money. That’s why we bring the Riley families in, so that the kids from our school can see who this is impacting. They can put a face and a name to where their money is going.”

Because Faith’s daughter was a premie, she connects on a personal level to the organization. Having her own experiences is a motivator, so she wanted to participate in a group that helped other families going through what she had.

FCDM has raised over $500,000 in total from all the years of fundraising. This money has helped many families in the hardest of times.

“Giving back to the community is important to me because it allows me to help someone other than myself,” said Rippy. “I love having the opportunity to give to someone who needs it.”

Moore, New Albany, FC: phone policies at a glance

By Shari Rowe
With technology being deeply rooted in today’s culture, many schools have developed phone policies to keep phone usage. The schools’ policies vary, some banning the use of cell phone use entirely, with others allowing phone use during certain times.

FC’s official policy is that phones are prohibited during class time. During lunch in the cafeteria and the spine, however, students are permitted to take their phones out.

The policy at FC is not as enforced as it could be. Many teachers have said that students still take out their phones, and Latin teacher Lesley Austin said that she sees students bumping into things during passing period because they are on their phones.

The policy also has become somewhat lax with the introduction of the iPads. Many teachers use the iPads to access learning programs online. Sometimes students use their phones as stand-ins when they can not use their school issued iPads, such as if they are lost or not charged.

Similar to FC, Moore High School also allows students to use their phones in the halls in addition to the lunch room. It was changed to this version after problems arose with phone usage last year.

“It was out of hand last year, which is why we changed the policy,” said Moore principal Rob Fulk.

Currently, at Moore, even after one offense, students will get a phone call home as well as In-School Adjustment Program (ISAP) for the rest of the day and the next. Moore is also determined to crack down on phone usage in the classrooms.

“We have really harped on them (teachers) being consistent in the policy. It’s the only way it works,” said Fulk. “We have explained to staff we will hold them accountable if they bend the policy.

For New Albany High School, phones are dealt with by the teachers. They decide if they are allowed in their specific classroom.

“The way that the policy is written that it is up to a staff member on how or when it can be used in their classroom,” said NA principal Michelle Ginkins. “Some teachers completely handle that themselves.”

Ginkins also said that if students work hard, they may be able to use their phones in study halls.

As technology becomes more advanced, schools have been integrating technology into their curriculum and teaching methods, as seen with the iPads at FC and the 1700 Chromebooks at Moore. That does not mean, however, that they will let phones distract students from their work.

“We did this policy to increase engagement in class,” said Fulk. “Hard to teach when kids are on Insta[gram] live, Fortnite, or watching Netflix.”

Nike uses Colin Kaepernick’s ‘Sacrifice’ in newest ad campaign

By J.D. McKay

On Aug. 26, 2016 the 49ers lost to the Packers in what should have been a meaningless preseason game. Two years later the recoil from that game can still be seen in the game and weekly in the news. 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem. Players began to join together in the protest, hitting a crescendo on Sept. 24, 2017. Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva stood outside of the Steelers tunnel alone for the national anthem.

After the 2016 season ended, Kaepernick, who had been riding the bench, opted out of his contract to pursue more money he assumed he would get. However, there were no buyers for a washed up quarterback that would lose his team’s fan support and money. Kaepernick is still unemployed and now is suing the NFL because he believes the owners are colluding to keep him out of the league.

Since then, he has won and been finalists for several Man of the Year awards. He won GQ’s 2017 Man of the Year where he was described as one of the best football players in the world in 2013. Then, in 2017 he was a finalist for Time’s Person of the Year. He also won Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award in December of 2017.

Now, his face is a part of the view in San Francisco. Nike posted the first Kaepernick billboard over Union Square. The Billboard is Kaepernick’s face in a close up, so all you can see is his face. In front of his face are the words “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. Just Do It.”

That statement is incredibly ironic. His net worth is still over 20 million dollars, according to Celebritynetworth.com. He is still alive, and he can still visit his family.

Meanwhile, the men and women who are sacrificing everything do not always have what Kaepernick has. For example, a Private First Class in the Army is making 26,000 dollars a year if he or she has been serving for six years, according to goarmy.com. For that Private First Class to make the equivalent of Kaepernick’s net worth, they would need to work for 769 years. That Private First Class could also be deployed, unable to see his or her family and potential in life threatening situations.

The results of this ad campaign probably will not be completely clear immediately. Americans have be outraged about it recently, their stock has dropped two dollars from $82 to $80, and videos of people burning their Nike gear or cutting the swooshes off of socks and shorts. However, their online sales also increased 31 percent over that time. One of two things could come from this. Americans could forget about this ad and go back to buying their Jordans in just a few months, or Americans could show how they really feel about these protests and stop buying Nike.

Nike and Kaepernick might think that he has sacrificed something. What he sacrificed is unclear to me, but apparently he sacrificed something. If he truly want to see sacrifice, he should go visit with American Soldiers in another country, soldiers that have not seen their families for close to a year and have seen friends and fellow soldiers die, or children who lost their mother or father because they wanted to protect their children, family, and fellow American citizens.

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