June 2012 – Community service is part of the curriculum for students at the Central Florida Leadership Academy, a Hyde School affiliated program located in Orlando. Each year every student plans and participates in a service project. In addition to assisting seniors at the local Beardall Center, this year’s projects included collecting money for breast cancer research, helping the First Christian Church of Orlando collect canned goods for needy, donating goods to the Homeless Coalition, assisting at various local senior centers, collecting funds for a young football player battling cancer, contributing to the Orlando Russell Home for Atypical Children, sending library books to a school in Alabama whose library was destroyed by a tornado, and collecting food for a local animal shelter. Tiffany Ward, the school’s Principal, explained that “Students learn leadership, responsibility and develop a deeper understanding of their community and its needs through participating in service projects.” Also, as one of her students noted, “It just makes me feel good to help others.” CFLA is an Orlando charter school offering college preparatory academics and character education free of charge to Orange County students. More information can be found at www.cflacademy.org.