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          BPA Works with Special Olympics

          Contributed by Newton High School

          Special Olympics is important to Business Professionals of America on a national level, and is near and dear to Newton High School's chapter too. On several occasions Newton High's BPA chapter has gotten together to fundraise for the local Harvey County Special Olympics team. In 2013, money was fundraised by selling puppy chow . But in 2014, BPA decided to learn how to make a new treat while actually working with Special Olympic athletes.

          On October 27, seven BPA members spent their Sunday afternoons learning how to make pepper nuts with Special Olympics members. The dough was made by the athletes before hand and BPA members helped to roll it out. Hayden Miller, a BPA member told us "The cookie press tool was much harder to use than I was expecting, but on the bright side I got to sample a few pepper nuts." Dozens and dozens of pans were made that afternoon to be sold at a bazaar in Newton Kansas that benefited Special Olympics. Newton High's chapter members were excited not only to experience making something new, but also to socialize with the Special Olympics athletes to form new friendships. Members Katie Brenneman and Megan Regier were the two officers present during this event.  "The dough was really sticky and messy but it was really fun to learn how to make them" said Katie Brenneman. "It was nice to meet some of the athletes; they were very inspiring and hard working. They never let any disabilities stop them from reaching their goals." Special Olympics members were very popular with their tasty goodies at the bazaar and plan to continue this fundraiser in the future.  


          pepper nuts

          BPA Students helping prepare pepper nuts to be sold at a local Bazaar benefiting Special Olympics

          7 members serve in helping to make pepper nuts- 7 members x 2 hours each = 14 hours




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