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By Kate Radford
BVD Contributor 

Lincoln High students make plans to help community


Photo courtesy Laura Allen-Bullis

Lincoln BPS members Paige Gilbert, Delia Tolan, Lindsey Weisner, Andrea LaManna and Jenna Templeton pose for a photo after picking up trash along Highway 200 in Lincoln April 27.

Lincoln's freshmen class plans to host a donation-based car and dog wash at the school June 4 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The event is a social entrepreneurship project that will raise funds for the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department. Each year Lincoln's freshman class plans a project to benefit the community.

"They were incredibly responsible in their decision process," said business teacher Laura Allen-Bullis.

"They had several class discussions about different organizations in town that suffered from the quarantine period last year. They all came to the conclusion that the fire department would benefit the most from fundraising this year. Their plan is to host a donation based car wash, where people can have their car washed. If they like, they can also bring their dogs for a shampoo! The students thought it might be a fun idea to also wash and walk the community dogs," Allen-Bullis said.

She explained that the social entrepreneur class is a freshmen class.

Allen-Bullis said during the second semester of the class students use their business, organizational and computer technical skills to put together a community service plan to give back to their community. The individual students come up with ideas for the community service, and the class votes on them.

The semester-long project requires students to use their computer skills to create documents, their organizational skills to plan, and their communication skills to market the event, recruit volunteers, talk to businesses & people and communicate with the organization for which they are raising money.

Other student groups are also participating in local community service projects.

The Business Professionals of America group took on a BPA Cares project April 27, picking up litter along Highway 200.

The BPA students are also working on plans for a school-wide clothing and book swap, which they hope might be a fun, end of the year tradition to allow students to clean out their closets, said Allen-Bullis.


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