RC Chick-fil-A Leader Academy
Rock Creek Chick-fil-A Leader Academy Wins Nationwide Sustainability Challenge
Over the course of this year the Rock Creek Chick-fil-A Leader Academy students have been meeting at 6:45 in the morning going over what we call “Leader Labs.” These labs include topics such as Vision and Values, Servant Leadership, Teamwork, Innovation, Communication and Impact. During the Innovation lab a few months back we were given the opportunity to take part in a competition called the Chick-fil-A Sustainability Innovation Challenge. This challenge was to come up with an idea/project that promoted sustainability in your community. This was a nationwide challenge presented to other high schools all across the United States and there would be two lucky winners of $10,000 to help fund the project. I am proud to say that our Leader Academy students were selected as the number 1 project in the nation and were awarded a $10,000 grant to make their project come to life. We are all extremely excited for our students and the work they have done and will continue to do with this amazing opportunity.
Our campus is roughly 59.1 acres. Of that 59.1 acres our students will now plant roughly 2 acres of wildflowers and other pollinator plants to create bee and people friendly greenspaces. Along with the greenspace, our students will be maintaining 6 10 frame langstroth beehives on our campus. These hives will be fully operational. Students will learn how to set up a hive, how to install bee packages and nucs into the hives, they will learn how to care for and treat bees for disease and in the end with all their hard work we hope to have honey to extract and bottle. This will be an exciting hands on learning experience not just for our students, but for faculty and community members alike. This is an opportunity for us to make an impact on our environment and help maintain healthy and thriving bee colonies in our area. If you are interested in reading their proposal for the project I have attached it to this message. You can also click on this link to watch the 2 minute video that they created as part of the submission requirements for the grant.
With the grant we were able to purchase 25 full bee suits and gloves. This will allow for many students and faculty to be at the hives each time we do inspections. If you are interested in learning about bees and taking part in this project let Mr. Lehning or Ms. Brummett know. We would love for you to use this project as a way to enhance learning in your classroom.
Our students look forward to sharing with you in this amazing opportunity and experience. Thank you all for the development, support and encouragement of our students. All of you have a hand in helping these students achieve the most out of their experiences in our district.