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Douglas County Chamber Members Build Bikes for Elementary Students

72075716_2990611377633769_6466122407143800832_nThe Douglas County Chamber hosted the Build It: Team Building Workshop facilitated by Fire Power Seminars on October 2nd at Georgia Highlands College. This event allowed local businesses to come together to not only strengthen their team, but to help shape the community. Thirteen local businesses and organizations participated in the event.

Since 2006, Fire Power Seminars has provided team building experiences for organizations of all sizes, including companies large and small across the United States. Their Building Bikes, Empowering Children program gives the opportunity for teams to build a bike for a deserving child through a partnership with Corporate Social Responsibility. Children earn their bikes through essay contests and reward programs, giving them an empowering sense of achievement and pride.

Teams assembled bikes as part of several team-building activities, believing the end result would be to compete in a race against other teams. In reality, each team was assembling a bicycle for a deserving child from Bright Star Elementary School. The goal for each team was to assemble the bike in race-ready condition within the given time frame. Students arrived with the assumption they had won a field trip for their essays. Upon the completion of the bike build, the teams presented the bikes to a group of inspectors, which to their surprise was the group of students.

Bright Star Elementary principal, Heather Fields, commented, “This was an amazing experience for the students, parents and staff! We are so appreciative of the generosity of the Douglas County Chamber. Thank you for including us and surprising our hard-working students.”

“I’m so proud of the student essay winners! It was pure joy when they came into the room to be surprised with their new bicycles that they earned through their academic work. This is the ultimate reward for every participant in our Building Bikes, Empowering Children program,” commented, Connie Phelan, President of Fire Power Seminars

“We were thrilled at the opportunity to present such an empowering event to our members. Strengthening your business or organization is a vital part of shaping the community. These are powerful memories that I am sure will last a lifetime!” commented, Sara Ray, Chamber President and CEO.

The following businesses provided materials or their time for the Build It workshop: Cobb & Douglas Public Health, DeNyse Companies, Douglas Dental Care and Georgia Highlands College.

For more information about the Chamber’s professional development opportunities, please visit www.douglascountygeorgia.com or contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022.

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