Archive for Thursday, October 14, 2004

FBLA students form partnership with businesses to clean downtown

October 14, 2004

Eudorans who see teenagers picking up trash downtown Wednesday afternoon should be advised the kids aren't in trouble. Rather the Eudora High School students are partnering with local business to clean up downtown -- and hopefully make some connections in the process.

Students in the local high school's chapter of Future Business Leaders of America are meeting once a month to pick up trash and otherwise tidy up Eudora's business district. The idea, said sponsor Ben Pretz, was to get members of the Eudora Chamber of Commerce involved in the effort, too.

"I just want the kids to know some of the business people and for everyone to get to know each other and build a more cohesive relationship," Pretz said. "We're hoping they'll help out a lot."

Pretz said the student-business community partnership in cleaning up downtown was an idea he became familiar with in Emporia. He said the FBLA tried to get the program up and running last year but had trouble making connections with the business community.

Members of the business community wanting to participate can meet the students at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Mutual Savings parking lot at Eighth and Main streets. For more information, call Pretz at the high school at 542-4980.

"It's a nice community service project," Pretz said. "(We'll) help clean up downtown and give some of the business students a chance to know the business owners."

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