AHS FBLA Gives Back To Alpharetta By Participating The Roadway Cleanups And Scarecrow Harvest

AHS FBLA Gives Back To Alpharetta By Participating The Roadway Cleanups And Scarecrow Harvest

Alpharetta High School's FBLA volunteered at several local events in the Alpharetta area.

Several weeks ago, Alpharetta High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter assisted in various community service projects around the local area, including the Alpharetta River's Alive Roadway Cleanup and Alpharetta Scarecrow Harvest. Both of these events were held on the morning of Sept. 30, and were sponsored by the City of Alpharetta. Our chapter’s Community Service Manager, Charlie Comeau, contacted the City of Alpharetta to organize these two opportunities for FBLA members to volunteer.

The first event, Alpharetta River’s Alive Roadway Cleanup, took place at various locations around the Alpharetta area from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. Volunteers improved areas around Cumming Street near Manning Oaks Elementary. This event was similar to the adopt-a-road program; volunteers worked on cleaning up the local Alpharetta roads and Greenway to create a better environment. In addition, these volunteers collected trash and cleared unsightly signage from the area. “It felt really good to help clean up an area that I visit so frequently,” said one junior, Khushi Magiawala. “I’m really glad I could have a good impact on the students of Manning Oaks Elementary and the temple nearby.”

In addition to Khushi, 14 of our AHS FBLA members volunteered at this event and served their community. Great job to these volunteers for providing their time to a great cause!

The second event was at the Alpharetta Scarecrow Harvest which took place at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with 2-hour shifts. During the three shifts, 26 AHS FBLA members volunteered their Saturdays to help their community. The volunteers ran the local art booths and helped pin scarecrows on various roads. This fun event featured games for children, like a petting zoo, and other fun fall festivities to welcome the upcoming season.

Vaishu Adimulam, a sophomore at AHS and the chapter’s Membership Director said, "Seeing each of the 75 scarecrows the classes of Cogburn Woods Elementary School had created definitely inspired me. Their innovation and creativity have sparked at such a young age.”

Our chapter is so grateful that our members and officers volunteered their time to serve our community. AHS FBLA will be having more community service projects throughout the year to help give back to our community, so stay tuned!

Cover Image Credit: Charlie Comeau

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We Need to Talk About Logan Paul

A conversation needs to be started.

I am never the type of person to get involved or even be concerned about YouTube drama. A lot of the time, it is petty and not worth the energy that is typically spent on it. However, a problem surfaced and was brought to my attention by multiple friends and family members.

Logan Paul.

I remember this guy from Vine. I didn't think much of him. I just thought he was a cocky kid who made average vines. I didn't follow him on YouTube, Instagram or Twitter after Vine got deleted, so I never really kept up with any of his whereabouts nor did I follow the Jake and Logan Paul drama.

Recently, he posted a video in Japan's Aokigahara forest, otherwise known as the suicide forest. There are many problems with his intent of filming a video in such a place, but that is not the main issue in this video. While traveling through the forest, Logan Paul and his friends come across a person who committed suicide. He then began to film the person, blurring his face, but showing the man's hands and torso.

The problem with his latest stunt is that it is way bigger than him. What he did deserves a conversation about all people and society, not just Logan Paul. I don't have any hate towards Logan and don't have any intention or desire to bash or join the hate bandwagon that is sometimes hard to fall into. However, I will not hold my tongue and let my seven-year-old brother watch an adult post disturbing images dealing with suicide.

What needs to be said about the disgust of this video has already been said and there are several great YouTube videos from other creators, i.e. Jenna and Julien, Cody Ko, and Christian DelGrosso. If you need more clarification of the contents of the video, then I suggest watching one of their videos.

My main issue is the kids that are involved. Logan Paul's fanbase is largely impressionable kids from the ages of eight to thirteen. Before Logan took down the video, the video had already received upwards of 50,000 likes. Meaning, these kids have no idea that this was wrong and then continue to stand up for him.

I am not a parent and have no intention on telling parents how to raise their children, but in my personal opinion, these kids have no business watching Logan Paul and any of his antics. Just because this video has become the most popular, by no means does that mean any of his other videos have questionable actions. These kids look up to Logan Paul and therefore will take on the persona of Logan Paul, even if by a small fraction.

I understand kids will find a way to watch something that they want to watch, but a parent should at least be aware and have the conversation that it was disturbing and unnerving, but at the very least wrong. Without this clarification, kids could grow up to think that what Logan Paul did was okay, in which it was not, on any level.

I have seen multiple people on all different forms of media asking how these kinds of people become famous, and as a closing sentence, I'd like to answer that question.

We, as a society, have the power to change the world and the people who have the spotlight. It is up to us who we see and who is famous or in the public eye. If we see something that is not moral, I believe it is our job as a society to change the tone.

Spread love, not hate.


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Entering Tommy's headspace is unforgettable. If you're wondering what Tommy was going to say during the ceremony, wish granted:

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