A compassionate approach to learning

Published 7:31 pm Saturday, October 24, 2015

One can, one vote.

That’s the theme for an upcoming fundraising effort by the Future Business Leaders of America student organization at Nansemond River High School.

Students in the group are finalizing their plans for the second installment of a car show that was launched last year to collect food and raise money for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. Organizers think the Nov. 7 event could bring in as many as 100 cars, nearly triple the number that were on display last year.

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Car-show participants will pay $10 for the chance to show their vehicles — or they can contribute 10 non-perishable food items. The twist on the event is that spectators will choose the best-in-show vehicle by voting with cans of food that will be donated to the foodbank.

It’s wonderful that the Nansemond River students are learning about community service through the event. The contributions they encourage to the Foodbank will go a long way toward helping people in the area who might otherwise struggle to keep their families fed this fall and winter.

But perhaps just as important, the FBLA event is teaching students about leadership, about business principles and about the importance of working together to accomplish goals. Those lessons will be important as the students move into careers later in life.

The event will take place at the school, 3301 Nansemond Parkway, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with registration of vehicles beginning at 9. Coffield BBQ will sell refreshments, and Elements will play jazz music during the event.

Congratulations to the school, to its FBLA chapter and to the students and advisors associated with it for their smart, compassionate approach to learning. The world could use more people like this.