Maryland DECA

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Walt Whitman High School DECA

Since the beginning of September, Whitman DECA has been working hard selling pizzas after school. Every Wednesday and Friday of the week, you can find different DECA members helping out the chapter by selling pizzas. Everytime a person volunteers they get a percentage of the total profit. At the end of the year once all profits are made, the money will be split up between everyone that volunteered and the money they earned can be used for their trips. The idea was thought of by Michael Amrine and Naomi Senehi, the chapter presidents. The most successful day was when they made over $40.00 after pizza costs. They continue to offer more items at the store, and continue to increase their profits.

This fundraisor is a great way for your chapter to make money. Almost all pizza places have either a reduced rate for ordering multiple pizzas or even a school discount. That way whenever you sell pizzas, you have the potential to make a substantial amount of money. Also after a long day of school, students are often hungry for a substantial snack. The good thing about this fundraisor is if you publisize it well, by having school announcements, there is a very low chance that you will lose money. Whitman DECA plans to report its current earnings at their next meeting.

Reservoir High School DECA

Spanning the end of September and early October, Reservoir DECA also participated in an even more successful fundraiser. There’s something about food in Howard County… Reservoir DECA members sold delicious food products to family, friends, teachers, etc. through a fund raiser called Gianni’s. Unlike the carnival, which raised money for Reservoir DECA as a whole, Gianni’s not only benefit the chapter, but individuals can use some of the proceeds to help pay for DECA trips. Students received $4 from each product they sold. Reservoir DECA’s most successful student sold twenty-nine items, earning $116 to help pay for her admission to the Fall Leadership Conference and the State Career Development Conference!

So, how can the experiences of one DECA chapter help benefit yours? The most beneficial information you can learn from the success of these fundraisers are two prevalent motifs. Having a presence in the community is a great way to get your chapter’s name out. Since the community has more people than your school alone, use this to your advantage! This means you have more people to sell to. Students love food. Providing food at chapter meetings is known by DECA chapters across the country as an excellent way to bring in attendance. Students are also willing to buy and sell food! Visit www.keystonefast.com today to learn how your DECA chapter can benefit from a food-based fundraiser! Good luck! Your state officers are ready to answer any of your questions about fund raising. Visit www.mddeca.org to contact them!

Step right up! On Friday, September 28, 2012, the DECA chapter at Reservoir High School in Fulton, MD engaged in a lively community service activity. It was Homecoming Spirit Week at Reservoir. DECA partnered with the Student Government Association to provide a carnival booth at the new annual Homecoming Tailgate Carnival.

Three of Reservoir’s officers, Patrick Johnson; Kendall Tayman; and Ashley Thomas, took on the Learn and Earn DECA project. They built corn-hole boards, also known as a bean-bag toss game, which will be used at local community events as a fundraiser for their DECA Chapter.

To overcome the challenge of students not being able to handle cash in Howard County, tickets were used at the carnival for game admissions. Funds were later distributed to the accounts of student organizations. DECA charged students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members $1 to play the corn-hole game. In order to entice them to play, DECA offered candy, spirit wear T-shirts, and DECA hoodies as prizes. In the three hours that DECA operated the carnival game, $123 was raised.

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