Most students are aware of student leadership groups, such as Student Council and Renaissance Club, but Rock Creek welcomed a new leadership opportunity this school year, called the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy.
Science teacher Jeri Brummett has been the sponsor of Renaissance Club and has taken on the role of being the leader of Chick-fil-A Leader Academy.
“It’s an opportunity for us to utilize what Chick-fil-A has put out there,” Brummett said. “It’s a leadership academy that gives us the opportunity to have 30 students go through an eight-month, pre-made curriculum. It’s a national program.”
The Chick-fil-A Leader Academy participants have completed projects within the program, including adopting a family for Christmas, giving away blankets and homemade bread and handing out ‘Thank You’ notes. They have also given away goody bags to the Wamego Health Ministries.
“[It is] the best supplemental I’ve ever been involved in,” Brummett said, “It not only gives me a great amount of joy, but I think it’s great for the kids; it’s not about money.”
The program has been viewed as very positive from the students involved.
“The experience has been amazing,” junior Kent Robb said. “It felt wonderful, so you know you helped those people, and it didn’t take much personal time.”
Chick-fil-A Leader Academy not only helps the community through projects, but it can also help the students involved personally.
“It will help me grow as a person and [will help] the community grow,” Robb said. “[The Academy] all works together really well… everyone brings a positive vibe.”
Sophomore Allie Jensen, a member of the Leader Academy, said that her group of friends has been broadened, thanks to the variety of students involved.
The academy also brings awareness to others and the community they are involved in.
“[The Leader Academy] allows me to focus on other people and really help me focus on my view on the world,” Jensen said. “It has taught me to focus more on the impact I have on others and making sure the impact I leave is a positive one.”
Article by staff member Abby Ruder
Photo courtesy of Booster Club