October 28, 2002
WHS students help Hopelink on Halloween
by Bronwyn Wilson
This Halloween night, Woodinville residents will open their doors to trick-or-treaters wanting something other than candy. They'll still have Spiderman, Wilma Flintstone and the Statue of Liberty ringing their doorbells and hoping to add another mini-chocolate bar to their sacks, but they'll also find Woodinville High School (WHS) students seeking canned food items for a good cause. The WHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), an organization of students who have an interest in business careers, will be out in force trick-or-treating for canned goods on Oct. 31.
Calling the campaign Hunger Busters for Halloween, FBLA will donate their collected non-perishable items to Northshore Hopelink. "Last year we donated over 1,200 cans to Hopelink," says Terry Ley, FBLA advisor and WHS business teacher. "I think we'll probably do more than that this year because we have a bigger group."
Dustin Rutledge, a WHS junior and a FBLA leader, helped organize the Halloween campaign. The event begins with 25-40 students meeting at Rutledge's home for a chili feed. Afterward, they'll break into groups and canvass five Woodinville neighborhoods.
Rutledge and WHS junior Kramer Phillips head up many of the FBLA community service events, such as the food drive for Hopelink as well as a recent car wash for the residents of the Brittany Park Retirement Community. For the food drive, Rutledge plans to get into the spirit of Halloween and wear a costume.
"It's a great time and we love dressing in costume," says Rutledge, adding, "But (the campaign) is not so much oriented on costumes but more toward supplying canned goods to those less fortunate."
Rutledge participated in the Halloween Hunger Busters event last year and says the community was very willing to donate. "It was a good feeling [to know] that we did something good for the community," he recalls.
Ley agrees that the community was very receptive last Halloween when the students came to their doors. "The community thought it was a great cause," he says. "And, the things you get here in the Woodinville area are amazing." Residents donated choice food items, such as cans of chunk white chicken, solid white albacore tuna and Progresso soups. Ley adds, "The Woodinville residents have done a great job in supporting us."
Mark Oggel, Communications Manager for Hopelink, remarks that WHS students organized the food drive on their own and comments, "We're delighted." He mentions that the cans collected will go to Hopelink's food bank, which will be distributed later to families who don't have enough to eat.
Next month, FBLA will begin another community service project and 'adopt' a senior woman with health challenges. Says Ley, "We'll help out with anything she needs once a month for the rest of the year."