March 24, 2003 Put on your walking shoes and join the Future Business Leaders of America on Saturday for their second annual Walk-A-Thon. The 7.3-mile event is sponsored by the Virgin Islands State Chapter of FBLA.
State advisor Maria Thomas-Lewis said she expects seven chapters from St. Croix, four from St. Thomas and one from St. John to participate.
The event starts at 6 a.m. at the St. Croix Vocational School. The route runs along Queen Mary Highway through Smithfield to the Frederiksted Pool, also known as the Vincent Mason Pool.
A cleanup of the pool area and a picnic follow. Return transportation to St. Croix Vocational School will be provided for non-FBLA members as soon as they reach the Frederiksted Pool. FBLA members will return at 4 p.m.
The money raised will benefit the March of Dimes, St. Croix Rescue Inc. and the Dorothy S. Walcott Scholarship Fund.
Thomas-Lewis said that last year the group raised $2,700, which was split equally among the American Red Cross, the March of Dimes and the Dorothy S. Walcott Scholarship Fund.
Thomas-Lewis said that Walcott served as the FBLA advisor on St. Croix for 20 years. The scholarship fund helps active FBLA members with college costs or expenses at national FBLA conferences, Thomas-Lewis said.
The event also promotes community togetherness and provides information about the organizations that benefit from the fundraiser.
Local businesses are donating food for the picnic, Thomas-Lewis said.
FBLA members are required to donate three rolls of dimes or $15 towards the walk. All other participants are requested to make a pledge. Pledge sheets are available from State Chairman Cecila Walters-Smith, who works at Charlotte Amalie High School, Thomas-Lewis, who works at Arthur Richards Junior High School, and Keith James, who is the professional division liaison. He can be reached at 877-241-6687.
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