Brandon Flannery

Brandon Flannery

Teacher at South Fayette PA

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Location:
515 Millers Run Road, Morgan, Pennsylvania, United States
HQ Phone:
(412) 221-8700

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Photo courtesy of Brandon Flannery
Students reveal at the school's Mini-THON event this past April the amount raised of $100,481. Image description Photo courtesy of Brandon Flannery With fundraising throughout the year and an overnight event in April to reveal the total, the Mini-THON, according to the program's advisor Brandon Flannery, is the "cool" thing to do at South Fayette. "It's the most popular event in the school," Flannery said about the event that drew about 600 South Fayette students. "It's kind of hard not to support a cause like that," said Flannery, who is entering his 11th year as a teacher at South Fayette. "That was a really cool experience because the kids get fired up," Flannery said. "It gets them in that frame of mind that it's not just something that takes place in April. If we're going to have sustained success, the hard work has to start now." After South Fayette's first year with a Mini-THON fundraiser, Flannery implemented one of his business classes to bolster the project. The 20 to 30 students in Flannery's Honors Management and Marketing Applications act as the workers underneath student government's management. They sell sponsorship packages to local businesses and assist in the coordination and execution of the event in April. In the second year, the group raised $23,000, and that number has risen ever since, include more than $100,000 this past school year. "It's all kind of project based learning," said Flannery, chairperson of the business and technology department at South Fayette. Along with revealing the total amount raised at the event, Flannery said the event hosts games, raffles, face painters, dancing and many other activities for the nearly 600 students who attended this past year. "When I was in high school, I didn't really want to spend 12 hours at my school with my teachers overnight and be excited about it," Flannery said. "They're just a phenomenal group. Ever since I've been here, it's been tremendous to witness this community and the way that they kind of rally behind causes like this." For Flannery, Mini-THON is one of the highlights of his career as an educator. "It's been one of the most rewarding and gratifying parts of my career being able to see these kids put this work in. It's a really cool thing as a teacher to see them take ownership of it and run with it and then when it's all said and done we've been lucky enough to have some success," Flannery said.

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