Students at John Tyler and Robert E. Lee high schools are learning valuable leadership skills through the Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy. The Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy™ is a national high school leadership program focused on impact through action.
Thirty students from each campus participate in monthly Leader Labs to learn leadership skills through interactive curriculum and collaboration. The students are also asked to create Impact Projects, or service projects, to benefit others while strengthening their project management and leadership skills.
Do Good December is a service project that emphasizes teamwork by asking students to Drive, Do and Deliver during the holiday season. With Do Good December, students suggested various project ideas before deciding as a group which project they wanted to complete.
John Tyler High School chose to collect toys for children in local hospitals as part of their project.
“We put together 40 gift bags for children in local hospitals who will not be home for Christmas,” John Tyler student Madeline Contreras, said. “In each bag, there will be a Build-A-Bear, coloring books, crayons, socks and small toys. The bears were donated by Mallory, a student at Owens Elementary School.”
Both schools also decided to show their appreciation for their school staff for all they do to help students every day. John Tyler students provided and served lunch and Robert E. Lee students treated school staff to a breakfast buffet.
“The teachers and staff help us students out all the time, so we wanted to give back to them for all they do for us,” Lee student, Olivia Orren, said. “We wanted to make sure all the staff were included, like custodians and everyone, because they do so much for us and we didn’t want them to be left out,” added Brandy Branham.
Both schools will complete a second Impact Project in the spring before the Leadership Academy concludes.