Ashburn, VA (December 27, 2016) – Two Schools One Cause Rivalries make competition interesting: Alabama vs. Auburn, the Ohio State University vs. Michigan, UNC vs. Duke. But it’s even better when the rivals put those contentious feelings to good use in the service of a respected non-profit.
Broad Run and Stone Bridge high schools set aside the animosity of “the Battle of the Burn” this year to support the Fisher House Foundation, an organization that provides comfort housing to family members of veterans receiving medical care at one of the nation’s VA hospitals.
The schools’ DECA clubs launched the “Two Schools – One Cause” project in conjunction with the annual football game between the Spartans and the Bulldogs. During spirit week back in October, the DECA members sold spirit links to benefit the Fisher House Foundation. Broad Run collected $3,351.39, while Stone Bridge collected $829.97. (DECA is an association of marketing students.)
Not to be outdone, Stone Bridge came back strong in T-shirt sales for the big game; raising $5,109 to Broad Run’s $760.
The schools then collaborated on online donations through a website. Jointly, they earned another $575.
The next activity in the ongoing campaign focused on letter writing rather than fundraising. In honor of Veterans Day, students wrote letters to the service men and women being treated at VA hospitals. Broad Run mailed more than 600 letters, while Stone Bridge mailed more than 180.
Each school adopted one local Fisher House location. Broad Run adopted the location in Bethesda, Md., while Stone Bridge adopted the location at Fort Belvoir. Each school planned and implemented specific activities to support their adopted Fisher House. Broad Run students, for example, cooked an Italian dinner and delivered it to the facility for guests to enjoy. Stone Bridge students, on the other hand, held a week of giving that resulted in more than $500 in donations to their location.
As the project closed, Broad Run presented a check for $3,861.39 to the Bethesda Fisher House, and Stone Bridge presented a check for $5,938.97 to the Fort Belvoir Fisher House. These donations, combined with the $575 raised jointly online, make the total contribution from the two schools to the Fisher House in excess of $10,375.
The “Two Schools – One Cause” project managers at Broad Run are Mikaela Zurick and Samy Polk. Their DECA advisers and marketing teachers are Casey Sorenson, Christine Swartz and Michelle Veney.
The project managers at Stone Bridge are Maggie McGarrity, Malley McFarlane and Sean O’Day. Their DECA advisers and marketing teachers are Monika Guerrero, Wes Anderson and Meg Ball.