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DECA breakfast will aid Ronald McDonald House

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Reynoldsburg High School DECA students will roll out the royalty at an "all-you-can-eat" pancake breakfast Feb. 15 where visitors might see Spiderman dancing with Cinderella or Minnie Mouse talking with Pocahontas.

DECA's "Super Royal Breakfast" will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Reynoldsburg High School, 6699 E. Livingston Ave.

Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for children younger than 11 for a breakfast that includes pancakes, sausage, orange juice, milk or coffee.

Reserving a seat or purchasing tickets in advance is encouraged in order to help organizers know how much food to purchase. For advance tickets, email Kim Pennycuff at kpennycuff@reyn.org or call 614-501-4027.

The event includes "kid-friendly" entertainment, including games, face-painting and photos with favorite characters.

Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House charities.

"The DECA kids will dress up as superheroes or Disney characters and lead the kids in games like musical chairs or line dancing," said Pennycuff, the high school's DECA adviser and business/marketing instructor.

"The kids will also get an autograph book when they arrive, so they can get autographs from all of their favorite characters."

She said the students hope to sell 400 tickets.

She said 30 of the 36 DECA students will participate in the breakfast.

"Our characters include Snow White, Belle, Mulan and Cinderella, among others and the boys are doing characters like Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and The Incredible Hulk," she said. "We encouraged the DECA members to get creative in putting their costumes together. I think we even have Little Red Riding Hood."

Pennycuff said parent Tim Lovelace, a former Reynoldsburg DECA member, will man the griddle and flip pancakes. She said PJ's Restaurant is donating the pancake mix and Kroger is donating other food items and paper products.

In true DECA fashion, organizing the breakfast is a learning experience for students.

"Last year, we had trouble making a profit on the breakfast, but this year, the same kids organized the breakfast and corrected those problems by asking for donations for the food and pancake-flipping," Pennycuff said.

She said the event gives the marketing students a chance to learn all the business and marketing details necessary to put a major event together.

"We had speakers from Ronald McDonald House come in and tell us why they need donations," she said. "That way, the students learn all about the purpose of the event and can begin to plan what it takes to make it successful."

Teaching students to solve business problems is the major goal of the DECA program.

Pennycuff said 10 Reynoldsburg DECA students qualified to attend an international conference last year in Los Angeles.

This year's competitions begin Feb. 11 at Easton Town Center, with seven high school DECA teams competing for the chance to attend the next international competition May 3-6 in Atlanta.

Pennycuff said judges at the Easton event will be local business owners or university instructors.

"We have students who prepared advertising plans for businesses like Express or Poprocks and other students who are doing role-playing events," she said.

In the role-playing events, students are presented with a problem the day of the competition, such as how to handle an irate customer or how to improve a product brand.

"The students are given a little bit of time to come up with a solution, but have to think on their feet," she said. "That's why it's important for them to learn about business and marketing solutions before they compete."

She said the DECA group meets a least once a month at BELL Academy on the Livingston Avenue high school campus. The DECA students come from all four high school academies.

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