February 15, 2017 Edition

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BPW project funds scholarships

Emily Highfield (from left), Morgan Smith and Destiny Ervin, students from Walnut Ridge High School, help decorate chocolate-dipped strawberries with sprinkles.

John Bland

The Walnut Ridge Business and Professional Women's Club again undertook its popular project of selling chocolate-dipped strawberries for Valentine's Day.

Last year, the club was able to award some $6,000 in scholarships through the project, and this year's effort appeared to be on track for another successful venture.

The Main Street Church of Christ annex served as headquarters for the project, and on Monday, strawberries covered most every table and serving area in the hall. The smell of fresh berries and melted chocolate filled the room with a sweet aroma.

Kelly Aaron, chair of the project, said the club ordered 51 case flats of strawberries, with each case containing four two-pound cartons of berries. This translates into producing a total of 500-dozen chocolate-dipped berries available for sale.

Working alongside with BPW members Monday and Tuesday were volunteers from Walnut Ridge High School's Future Business Leaders of America chapter. Approximately 17 FBLA members helped out with the project. "The school is awesome about helping," Aaron said.

Aaron noted, "Mrs. (Mary) Smith, FBLA advisor, and her students have been a big, big help."

Several area restaurants, as well as Walmart, also help with the project by selling the berries for BPW. "All the businesses in town support it," she said, adding that the Dairy King in Portia has also helped out.

The BPW will be awarding scholarships this spring to a graduating senior girl or girls from each of the schools in the county. Aaron said the senior girls are urged to apply for the scholarships when the application period is announced.

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