The Central Florida Leadership Academy, a Hyde-affiliated charter school in Orlando, Florida, just completed its first year. CFLA enrolled 80 sixth- and seventh-graders in its inaugural classes. More than 120 students are already enrolled for next year in grades six through eight.
Highlights of the year included a fabulous Spring Performing Arts Show, with songs and dances characterizing Hyde’s character principles. All 80 students performed, many surprising themselves by having the courage to appear on stage for the first time in their lives. The show went so well that the school decided to take one of their numbers on the road, staging a flash mob in front of City Hall! The fun even attracted the City of Orlando’s Mayor, Buddy Dyer, and District Commissioner Patty Sheehan, who joined the dance. Watch a local news report of the flash mob here:
CFLA students also had fun practicing concern by giving back to the community. Each Discovery Group completed a community service project selected by the students. Projects included providing yard clean-up for a disabled senior, sending care packages to members of the military overseas, sponsoring and participating in a bowling party for residents of a home for adults with special needs, and collecting over $400 for victims of tornado devastation in Alabama.
CFLA was fortunate to receive support from a vast spectrum of Hyde personnel, including Hyde President Malcolm Gauld, who visited and spoke to the students; Joanne Goubourn from the Hyde Foundation, who visited and then returned with Marion Holley from Hyde-Bronx to offer two days of training to faculty and staff; Barbara High from Hyde-DC, who visited with advice on the Family Education program; and Hyde alumnus Paul Hurd, who spent two weeks assisting in faculty training and offering other start-up advice and assistance.
All of the students, faculty, staff and Board members at the Central Florida Leadership Academy are excited to be part of the Hyde family, pioneering family-based character education in Orlando.