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FBLA wins $10,000 for OTH project

Thousands of students across the country practice leadership while serving their communities.


Last updated 3/17/2019 at 7:37pm

NEWARK, Del. – The high school chapter of Future Business Leaders of America in Odessa, Wash. has been selected as one of the top five teams in the seventh annual national Lead2Feed Challenge, earning a $10,000 grant for their team’s nonprofit of choice and receiving recognition for the dedication and innovation demonstrated while addressing an important need in their community. This team implemented a campaign to replace all of their town hall’s windows, providing senior citizens in their community a safe place to gather, socialize and stay active. Students exceeded their goal by hosting a variety of events and seeking window sponsors. “The most valuable lessons learned by students were to be fearless leaders, set big goals and be confident communicators,” said business teacher and FBLA advisor Terri King.

A total of 38 middle and high school teams were selected as winners. Through Lead2Feed lessons, the service projects are developed as part of the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program. Lead2Feed is the nation’s leading and fast-growing privately funded student leadership program. More than 1.5 million students across all 50 states have had the opportunity to grow as leaders through Lead2Feed’s free curriculum.

The Lead2Feed program is inspired by founder and CEO of GoLead, co-founder, retired chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands and leadership expert David Novak and developed by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning and the Lift a Life Foundation.

“Leadership cannot be measured by traditional academics only,” said David Novak. “Hands-on work with the community is a missing piece of the leadership gap we see in many schools today. Lead2Feed helps close this gap by fostering the development of leadership skills in the classroom and beyond.”

“I am continually moved by the growth I’ve witnessed in our Lead2Feed students,” said Diane Barrett, Executive Director of the Foundation for impact on Literacy and Learnings, Inc. “Through leading a service project, our students become effective communicators, task managers and collaborators, ultimately gaining leadership skills that will serve them now and on whichever path their future takes them.”


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