Boyertown Area High School students found two reasons to wear their scarves Friday.They managed to keep themselves warm and, more important, raised money for a cancer patient.
The Future Business Leaders of America raised over $1,000 in just two weeks for Tom Landis, the father of student Allyssa Landis.
"I didn't expect to see this, most people don't know my dad, and they're willing to make donations," Landis said on Friday, the final day of the sacarf sponsoring. "It made me realize how caring and supportive they are."
Teacher and FBLA advisor James Hiryak said the idea came from a student four years ago.
"She heard about Ally Heintzes and wanted to do something," he said. "She came up with the idea of wearing scarves."
Students in the high school are not normally permitted to wear scarves during school hours.
With a donation, they receive a sticker and the chance to flaunt their neckwear.
Walking through the halls before their first classes, necks were adorned with scarves of all shapes and colors.
One grateful student even managed to make a last-minute donation with a $50 bill, while members of the FBLA busily counted the gathered money.
"The outcome was much better this year," said FBLA member and junior Amy Quigley.
"I like walking down the hallway and seeing all the scarves," said FBLA member and sophomore student Tara Schumaker.
"We get permission from the principal two to three weeks in advance, then we started printing out stickers," said Hiryak. "We've been making annoucements on the TV news."
He added that past recipients included Ally Heintzes, Adam Recke and Lindsay Spengler.
"It's a good cause, with [money] going to people who need it," said Krystal Adams, FBLA member and sophomore student.
"We keep this as local as we can," said teacher and FBLA advisor Jane Prutzman. "That's how the school gets involved, because it's someone they know."
The scarf idea helped generate funds and promote business-minded thinking from the students.
Selling the freedom of wearing scarves during school turned out to be a popular idea.
"In the first year, we were surprised how well everything turned out," she said.
Landis said her father was diagnosed with lymphoma, a tumor in the lymph nodes, seven years ago.
"He was told he was only supposed to live for five years, and it's been seven years and I want him to keep going," she said.
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