2018-11-08 / News

FBLA members make parking easy at this year’s Mule Day


W-WCHS and W-WMS FBLA students taking a break from parking cars at Mule Day are (front row, l-r) Tyler Johns, Nathaly Aburto, Yesica Velazquez, Arianna Perlotte, (back) Jacob Guin, Johnathan Ramirez, Tomas Ramirez, and Kloe Reeves. W-WCHS and W-WMS FBLA students taking a break from parking cars at Mule Day are (front row, l-r) Tyler Johns, Nathaly Aburto, Yesica Velazquez, Arianna Perlotte, (back) Jacob Guin, Johnathan Ramirez, Tomas Ramirez, and Kloe Reeves. Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School Future Business Leaders of America and the Washington Wilkes Middle School FBLA chapter assisted in parking cars for Mule Day at Callaway Plantation, October 13.

“The FBLA high school and middle school students were tremendous and I was overwhelmed with their energy, enthusiasm, positive attitudes, work ethic, and ability to get the job done,” said Doug Abramson, Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce secretary and a member of the Mule Day Committee.

The high school students directed an estimated 800-900 cars into unmarked spaces organized in parallel rows on a large field. The middle school chapter managed the disabled parking area.

“It was chaotic because of the large number of cars,” said Tomas Ramirez, a high school freshman who worked the event from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Ramirez said he mostly directed cars to another student who parked them. “I felt like I helped a lot of people because I found a close parking space for them,” he said.

Sponsored by the Washington Wilkes Chamber of Commerce, Mule Day offered participants a glimpse into the day-to-day life on a plantation in rural Georgia from the 1700s to the early 1900s, according to the event brochure. The day featured mule events, arts and crafts, demonstrations, and food.

Georgia FBLA is an affiliate of Future Business Leaders of America Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the largest student business organization in the world with more than 250,000 members. Georgia is also the largest FBLA chapter in the nation with over 25,000 members.

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