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Sylacauga FBLA members promote digital learning throughout community


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga community is truly becoming Digital by Design. With the new Digital by Design learning initiative, Sylacauga High School Future Business Leaders of America has engaged in a year-long digital learning themed community service project.

Sylacauga FBLA began its Digital by Design project by working directly with Sylacauga City Schools. FBLA members were trained in a variety of Google applications, such as Google Drive, Docs, Slides, and Forms, to coincide with the Chromebook devices students receive as part of the Digital by Design initiative. After members were trained, Sylacauga FBLA was present at parent information sessions to provide quick tips and an overview of Chromebook devices and Google learning applications.

Prior to students receiving Chromebook devices, Sylacauga FBLA assisted with the inventorying and distribution of devices. Once students received the devices, Sylacauga FBLA visited student classrooms for two days to provide in-depth training on Google applications.

To make the Sylacauga community truly digital by design, Sylacauga FBLA held multiple training sessions to meet the needs of the Sylacauga community. Training sessions for various community members were held at Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement (S.A.F.E.) and the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce.

Lead Sylacauga FBLA adviser Tyler Laye added “As our members trained the Sylacauga community on Google applications, they greatly served the Sylacauga community by promoting digital literacy and learning.” Laye also added that by leading Google application training sessions, Sylacauga FBLA members fine-tuned presentation and communication skills while building business connections.

The Digital by Design service project was led by Sylacauga High School Sophomores Grace Abernathy and Ibby Dickson. Sylacauga High School Senior and FBLA Vice President Allexus Phillips served as business partnership chair, coordinating sessions with the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce.

Sylacauga FBLA’s success in its Digital by Design service project is no new occurrence. Just last year, Sylacauga FBLA raised more than $10,000 for the ALS Association of Alabama, placing 10th nationally among various FBLA chapters’ service projects. In other years, Sylacauga FBLA has raised $4,500 for Alabama Childhood Food Solutions and $5,750 for March of Dimes, FBLA’s national partner.

Sylacauga FBLA has also been named Alabama FBLA’s Most Outstanding Chapter eleven of the past twelve years and is the largest student organization at Sylacauga High School.

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