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Publix Helps HBMS Raise Funds for National Model UN Conference


March 9, 2015. Roswell, GA. Love was in the air when Publix Super Markets showed support for the Holcomb Bridge Middle School Model UN team by donating and delivering hundreds of carnations for a recent club fundraiser. Provided they raise the necessary funds, eighth grade students from the school will travel to New York City in the spring for an opportunity to debate current world issues with students from around the world at the United Nations Association’s annual Global Classrooms International Middle School Model UN Conference. The carnations, delivered by Store Manager Allie Holberg and Assistant Store Manager Matt Gould from the Haynes Bridge Publix, raised $700 for the club, bringing the team much closer to its $20,000 goal.

“Publix has a longstanding tradition of being active participants in our communities,” said Holberg. “Our company was pleased to partner with Holcomb Bridge today to support this team and share some love.” In addition to providing the carnations, Holberg went one step further, procuring an additional donation of $300 and committing to an ongoing relationship with Holcomb Bridge. “We feel very fortunate to have such a generous partner in Publix,” say Ashley Perry, teacher at Holcomb Bridge and one of the Model UN Team sponsors.

In total, 400 flowers were sold to parents, students and teachers. A special mention goes to teacher Lisa Baumohl who purchased flowers for each of her 108 students.

Holcomb Bridge Middle School—a school of global classrooms—is located at 2700 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA. The school has received numerous distinctions, including the prestigious designation of Georgia National Lighthouse School to Watch for being a high-performing school that is academically excellent, developmentally responsive and socially equitable. Holcomb Bridge is also a Georgia School of Excellence and a Distinguished Title I School.

HBMS students and teachers preparing to deliver carnations. Left to right: Amelia Muly, Ansley Hamilton, Allie Holberg (Publix Store Manager) and HBMS teacher Becky Salvatore.

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8th grade student Oscar Lee is delivering carnations to raise funds for Model UN.

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The Model UN team poses with Allie Holberg and Matt Gould from Publix after sorting and delivering hundreds of carnations to students.