For 75 years, March of Dimes has helped moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. FBLA groups throughout the state of Missouri have adopted March of Dimes as one of its state community service projects, which participating chapters raise funds for each year. In past years, the Cassville High School FBLA chapter has sold heart-o-grams at lunch and only been able to donate $20 to $50. This year, the chapter decided to do something different. At the Cassville boys basketball game against Carl Junction on Jan. 4, FBLA members sold cookies for 50 cents each. The cookies, which were in the shapes of baby bottles, rattles and purple ribbons, were donated by Nita's Cakes. The group also held a $1 free-throw competition at halftime of the varsity game with the winner receiving a $15 gift card from McDonald's. The effort raised $88. The following week, Jan. 7 through 10, FBLA members held a change race between the Cassville High School first hour classes. Each first hour teacher was given a baby bottle for the class to fill with change. The students were told that the class that collected the most change for March of Dimes would receive donuts. At the end of the week, FBLA members were overwhelmed with the response they had received from the student body. The total raised by the change race was $531.63. As a reward for the effort, the chapter decided to award donuts to the top three classes who collected the most change. All together, the Cassville FBLA chapter raised $619.63 for March of Dimes this year. Pictured above, from left, are: FBLA members Callie Woods, Walker Perez and Emily Speakman.