Middle and High school students at the Leadership Academy near downtown Orlando gave back to their community this holiday season through several service projects. One group collected blankets and warm clothing for the homeless. Another group collected canned food for those in need and a third group adopted a family and provided food, clothing and toys for the holidays.
Each student at the Leadership Academy is expected to participate in at least one charitable project each year – most students contribute to several projects. According to Principal Tiffany Ward, “service learning helps our students achieve the school mission, which is not just to help our students achieve academic success, but to encourage our students to become responsible members of society when they graduate.” “Although many of our students are not themselves affluent,” continued Mrs. Ward, “we teach our students that anyone can make a difference in the lives of others.” The Central Florida Leadership Academy is a free public charter school that provides college preparatory academics, as well as character and leadership education to Orange County students in grades 6-12.