A group of West Clermont juniors and seniors helped encourage a love of reading among Holly Hill Elementary students this year through one of several community service activities done through the school’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter.

The students are part of the Business Management and Financial Services program offered by Great Oaks Career Campuses in partnership with West Clermont High School.

For their semester-long Impact Project, the group chose literacy as a cause and used money contributed from Chick-Fil-A Impact Project Grant and community sponsors such as Hudson Oil and Kroger. “We were able to purchase 850 books for students preK-5 at Holly Hill Elementary,” said instructor Becky Landen. “And due to health restrictions, our group provided them with videos created by WCHS Business Professionals of America students reading to each class to increase engagement and desire to read for enjoyment.”  To enhance the book, WCHS business students created videos to instruct students on creating a craft for the theme month for the environment and donated the supplies to be used for the school.

“This project was a great opportunity for our elementary students to connect with high school students,” said kindergarten teacher Jeannie Trista Herald, who worked with the WCHS program.  “Being able to provide our students with quality reading material they can take home and share with their families is a wonderful feeling. This built a connection of learning between school and home with reading and science!”

“We look forward to continuing this program in coming years and working with the elementary schools to encourage collaboration throughout West Clermont and gaining the support of our local companies,” said instructor Becky Landen.

The students also held a drive over the holidays to help Clermont County Senior Citizens.

It’s all part of a yearlong project to encourage servant leadership with sponsorship with Chick-Fil-A and Eastgate franchise owner Tom Sutton.  Through the Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy Program, students gain a perspective of how to build their leadership skills through helping others by organizing and participating in community service projects.