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Future Business Leaders Of AmericaNCHS Superintendent’s Report

By Ernie Fowler – Nashville CHSD #99

efowler@nashville-k12.org

I want to commend Mrs. Goostree and the Future Business Leaders of America for their recent campaign to assist the Soles for Souls organization. Our group collected 735 pairs of shoes to help those who are less fortunate. Great job NCHS chapter of FBLA!

When I think of “business”, I often think about the 1987 film by the name of Wall Street. I thought it was a great movie starring Michael Douglas as business tycoon Gordon Gekko. Those of you who watched the movie might remember the “greed is good” line used to summarize how Gekko thought about making a fortune. Fortunately, FBLA does not follow the Gordon Gekko model for doing business.

Part of the FBLA creed says “I believe every person should prepare for a useful occupation and carry on that occupation in a manner that brings the greatest good to the greatest number. Every person should actively work toward improving social, political, community, and family life”. This is a far cry from the attitude of Wall Street.

Our young people are learning that business doesn’t have to be cold and heartless. Success can be attained while being compassionate for the less fortunate. I’m glad the FBLA is modeled after small business rather than the “dog eat dog” world of bulls and bears.

Our local businesses are great role models for our high school students. It is through the help, support, and generosity of the business owners in and around Nashville that our schools can be successful in academics and extra- curricular endeavors. When there is a need, we can always count on our businesses to answer the bell. I’m thankful that they haven’t bought into Gordon Gekko’s “greed is good” philosophy. Our future business leaders can look to the owners and operators of Nashville’s businesses to prove the point that one doesn’t have to be a jerk like Mr. Gekko in order to be well-respected.

I want to encourage Mrs. Goostree and our young people in FBLA to keep up the good work. You will be rewarded by helping others. Those who donated and collected the 735 pairs of shoes can expect to walk into good fortune because they brought good fortune to someone in need. What goes around comes around. That is just how it works. Our students are learning that there is a special payment for demonstrating acts of kindness. Better than cash, it is the feeling of knowing you made life better for another human being. I’m proud that our kids and our community make us a neighborhood of helpers.

Future Business Leaders Of America