Several students from Magnolia West High School joined forces this month to assemble care kits for actively deployed members of the U.S. military.
In 2019, Chick-fil-A Leader Academy students around the country will partner with Operation Gratitude to send more than 10,000 care kits, 10,000 paracord bracelets, and 42,000 letters of gratitude overseas to actively deployed members of the U.S. military.
The student participants were selected by their schools to participate in Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, a national high school leadership program that not only teaches students leadership skills but also empowers students to put their skills into action.
"We are excited to partner with high schools across the country through Chick-fil-A Leader Academy and provide opportunities for the next generation of leaders," said Rodney Bullard, Inc., and vice president, corporate social for responsibility for Chick-fil-A, Inc. "Our goal is to engage students and equip them with the tangible leadership tools they need to impact their communities."
Students are expected to learn leadership skills and apply them throughout the school year to plan and implement an Impact Project such as festival for foster care children and their foster families or a charity softball game. The students don't just learn about leadership in the classroom; they go out into the community and make an "Impact through Action."
The Chick-fil-A Foundation offers financial support to the IMpact Projects, and local Chick-fil-A Restaurant Operators sponsor the program for the schools in their community and often serve as business coaches to the students involved as they implement their service projects to better their community.