DECA students produced Selfie-Esteem and Soldiers Projects this year

*Feature Photo: RHS DECA Advisor Meagan Mosbrucker and students Shelby Watson and Troy Cassity made a presentation to the Riverton School Board Tuesday night on the club's community service work. (Pitchengine Communities) * (Riverton, Wyo.) - An item on the Riverton School Board agenda Tuesday night was to approve a trip for the Riverton High School DECA Club to attend a national conference in Tennessee. "This is not just about a travel request," said the club's advisor Meagan Mosbrucker, "this is about a club involved in community service and you need to know what they do." To illustrate, each board member received a handout with information on two projects, out of many, done by the club this year. One was called "Selfie-Esteem" and the other was a Creative Marketing Project for The Soldiers House in Riverton. Brynne Ogg, Fallyn Richmond and Jancy Sorenson created the Selfie-Esteem Workshop Project "to foster positive self-image and empathy in pre-adolescent girls." They targeted the project at girls in 5th and 6th grade and brought them together to "foster confidence, positive self-image and the importance of empathy in adolescent girls." Mosbrucker said the three senior girls who put this project together were humble. "It showed how much that cause meant to them. It was powerful." The second project was a marketing plan for the Soldiers House, done by Troy Cassity and Shelby Watson. "This project started as a creative marketing exercise that turned into a community service project," Mosbrucker said. "Americans are conditioned to support our troops when overseas, but when they come home sometimes our veterans are overlooked. This is an awesome program at The Soldiers House," she said. Since The Soldiers House does not have any marketing funds, Mosbrucker said the kids used social media to build a market for them with a concrete daily routine. They named the effort, "#wyomingsoldierstrong." The DECA Advisor said that through the project the kids received "a tangible understanding of what the real world is really like that they will encounter someday. Their impact will be real and long-lasting." Cassity and Watson were on hand to talk about fund raising the club had done, including football tailgates, some raffles, staffing school concession stands and selling for County10. They are also sponsoring a 5K and 10K this weekend. Superintendent Terry Snyder said the learning that takes place in such endeavors "is invaluable." The travel request was approved unanimously. #county10 #news