When Macon High School freshman Madeline Hasten was challenged with an assignment by her business class teacher William King she took the project to heart— literally.
Madeline's endeavor raised $187 for the American Heart Association.
"I asked the students to come up with an entrepreneurial creation combined with a stewardship project," said King.
Madeline's idea was to sell heart-shaped containers filled with chapstick, Valentine cards and flowers for Valentine's Day and donate the money to the American Heart Association.
"After I got permission from the school, I got to work making the chapsticks," said Madeline. "It took me about 4 to 5 days to make them."
Madeline donated the ingredients to make the chapstick and enlisted the help of other business class students to help with selling the items.
Joe Pallikkathayil, Youth Member Director, of the Columbia office of the American Heart Association met with Madeline, business students and faculty members when they were in Columbia to attend the state FBLA contest to hear about the project and accept the donation.
King praised Madeline for her determination to complete the project.
"My assignment was to come up with a way to help others," said Madeline. "It taught me that I can make a difference, even if it is a little bit at a time."
"This special young lady is only a Freshman," said King. "I am positive she will be part of many great things to come in our community."