Back in business

DECA kicks off October with community service drives

Eshal Sajjad, Copy Editor and Staff Reporter

DECA is back in business with new community events for fall.

DECA has organized three returning events for the month of October: Apples for Ryan, the Downriver for Veterans football game, and the clothing closet.

Apples for Ryan was a competitive food drive to benefit local food pantries. Between the 4-15th, students brought non-perishable food donations to their 5th hour class; the 5th hour with the most food items won a pizza party courtesy of DECA. Mrs. Beamish’s 5th hour won the competition.

Many people know about Apples for Ryan, as this annual event goes district wide, but not many people know the story behind it. Bates teacher Evelyn Kosowski’s son Ryan Sergent, 18, passed away during a cross country practice at Flat Rock High School. To commemorate Ryan’s life of service to others, the district

started Apples for Ryan in his name. “An Apple for Ryan helps students learn lifelong skills of helping others,” says Lisa Meyer, DECA adviser.

DECA again partnered with Downriver for Veterans to honor the community of veterans in Woodhaven. Veterans from all branches of the military were invited to attend Friday’s football game against Southgate where they were honored by the school community. A tailgate was held in their honor and Warrior football fans were encouraged to wear red, white, and blue to the game. The marching band put on a military themed performance, and all veterans attending the game were acknowledged before the national anthem. “This game helps veterans and families in the community know we appreciate their service to our country,” says Meyer, who’s held this event for veterans for many years.

DECA is also running a free clothing closet, which is open from 8:00-2:00 on school days. The closet is open to everyone, and donations can be given to the main office.