The Texas Charter ExchangeTenth grade students from Leadership Prep School (LPS) received an unexpected lesson in servant leadership while preparing for their retreat at Camp Buckner in Burnet, Texas.After learning that nearly 40 foster children from Beaumont were moved to Camp Buckner as a result of Hurricane Harvey, students from LPS began gathering supplies to take with them.“Our National Junior Honor Society students and Student Lighthouse teams used over $800 that they raised from concession sales to purchase toys, clothing, and personal care items for some of our state’s most vulnerable residents,” said Dr. Katie Chretien, Humanities teacher and National Junior Honor Society Faculty Sponsor at LPS. “The students have been very excited about delivering these items to provide hope to the children housed at Camp Buckner.”Tenth-grade student Skylar J. Christian added, “I’m super excited to help the families affected by Hurricane Harvey. From hoodies to toy dolls, we are trying to give these kids what has been taken away. Everyone at LPS is honored to be given this opportunity.”Laura May, Executive Director over Buckner Children and Family Services for Southeast Texas said, “I can’t say enough about how grateful we are to Leadership Prep School for their donations. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. So many of our staff, family, and friends have lost everything in this flood, and we know all that you have done will help. God bless your students and your families for reaching out. It shows that our youth and their future leadership are about healing and coming together – something we need now more than ever in our country.”The culture at Leadership Prep School is centered around leadership. Students are taught that every decision they make has consequences for themselves and others. As they learn to lead themselves, our students embrace the idea they can leave a lasting impression on the world around them by accepting leadership opportunities in their professions, their organizations, their communities, and their world. Students caring for displaced foster children at Camp Buckner is just one example of servant leadership that takes place at LPS.About Leadership Prep SchoolThe mission of Leadership Prep School is to inspire students to learn, grow, and lead for a lifetime. The acronym P.L.A.C.E. summarizes the five key areas that have been selected as the focus of LPS’ vision: Parent partnership, Leadership development, Academics, Creativity and Excellence.LPS is proud to be a Leader in Me based school that applies The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to emphasize a culture of student empowerment and help unleash each child’s full potential. Focusing on the program’s timeless leadership principles nurtures the skills students need for success in the 21st century.Leadership Prep School is recognized as a “Computer Science Immersion School” by Code to the Future. LPS integrates programming and game design into its curriculum starting in kindergarten with more advanced computer science concepts introduced as students advance each year.Leadership Prep School is part of the New Tech Network and partners with local businesses to engage students in project-based learning activities, which enhances critical thinking skills in order that students may become strong problem-solvers. Project-based learning methodology makes learning relevant and prepares students for the demands of the 21st century workplace.
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