Mountain View High School DECA Club Raises Smiles

November 8, 2016 | Smile Train

Rachel Whitlock
Mountain View High School student Rachel Whitlock describes in her own words how she introduced Smile Train to her fellow students.

Smile Train’s efforts to bring smiles to the millions of children waiting for cleft surgery in developing countries has always been close to my heart. Like those children, I was born with a cleft lip and palate but was lucky enough to have both clefts treated by the time I was 18 months old.

The perfect opportunity to raise funds for Smile Train arose during this year’s homecoming week. Our school’s DECA club (International Association of Marketing Students) announced that the proceeds from our school’s annual Spirit Chain Competition would be going to a charity and when I suggested Smile Train, they agreed!

The Spirt Chain Competition asks students to add ‘links’ to their graduating class’s paper chain for a small donation and the class with the longest chain at the end of the week is the winner. Class pride and Smile Train’s singular focus really resonated with our students, and we raised the most money ever collected. It was a big success! I’m so grateful that our school was able to donate these funds to such a great charity.


Students for Smile Train unites students from around the world behind a common goal: to help change the lives of children living with clefts in developing countries. Whether you are a student, parent, teacher, or administrator, visit our Students for Smile Train page to learn more.