EHS Students Kick Off Chick-fil-A Leader Academy™ 2017 Programming


Students from Easton High School joined forces to pack 100 meals which were sent to the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore.  This service project was organized as part of the students’ participation in the 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.

David Salyers, Vice President of Brand Activation at Chick-fil-A Inc., says students have an immediate and direct impact through the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy when they pack meals for those in need.  “We are excited to partner with high schools across the country with the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy to provide opportunities for the next generation of leaders to strengthen their communities,” said Salyers.

The Chick-fil-A Foundation offers financial support to the impact projects and local Chick-fil-A Franchisee Operators sponsor the program for the schools in their community and often serve as mentors to the students involved. The Easton High program is being sponsored by Matt Gibson, owner of the Easton Chik-fil-A, in partnership with the Easton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club, which is led by their advisor, Mrs. Jennie Peitz.

Each month, the FBLA club meets and completes the activities planned through the Leader Academy.  “At the October meeting, Matt Gibson was there to introduce himself and give an overview of the program,” said Mrs. Peitz. “As an added bonus, he brought sandwiches for all of the students!”

Students are expected to learn leadership skills and apply them throughout the school year to plan and implement their impact projects. The students don’t just learn about leadership in the classroom, they also get out in the community to put what they learn into action, making an “Impact through Action” in their community.

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