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Promoting An Appetite for Reading: Chick-fil-A Leader Academy Delivers Order of Books to Elementary Students

Its slogan is “Eat Mor Chikin” (intentionally so written), but clearly Chick-fil-A wants young students to “Read More Books”. High school students participating in the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy visited three Beaumont ISD elementary schools in October and November 2023, presenting young students with a donation of books they could keep.  

Chick-fil-A Leader Academy™ is a national high school leadership program focused on “impact through action”. Each month, students gather to learn timeless leadership principles through lessons referred to as Leader Labs. Taught in a relevant and engaging way, Leader Labs give students the practical tools needed to make a positive impact on their local communities. The academy has been introduced at Beaumont United, Early College, and West Brook for the 2023-24 school year. Ten sophomores from each of those campuses were selected to participate in the yearlong program. The delivery of the books donated by Chick-fil-A was one of the community service projects of the academy. BUHS academy members took books to Blanchette Elementary. ECHS students delivered donations to Roy Guess Elementary. WBHS students visited Amelia Elementary. A total of 350 books were given away. 

Beaumont ISD was nominated to participate in the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy by Robert Henckel and Ashley Westbrooks, operators of the Beaumont College Street Chick-fil-A location.

The leadership program is fully sponsored and paid for by partnerships between Henckel, The Coca-Cola Company, and Chick-fil-A, Inc. There are more than 1000 high schools in over 40 states participating in the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy. Locally, Ashley Westbrooks and Alex Seale facilitate the program, along with other restaurant personnel. To learn more about the program, visit