Local Cool School: Desoto Central High School

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The fast-food chain is working with local schools to help give students the chance to learn skills to make a difference in our community.

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – Chick-Fil-A is well known for its chicken sandwiches with pickles, their tasty nuggets, lemonade, but the fast-food chain is also working with local schools to help give students the chance to learn skills to make a difference in our community. 

23 students at Desoto Central High School are part of a group learning to lead, and Chick-Fil-A is giving them the tools to make a difference.

“We’re always had a heart of community service, so some of the things we’ve learned help us not only be leaders at our school, but in our community as well,” said McKenzie House, a senior DeSoto Central High School.

The Leader Academy is a national program in more than 1,000 schools in 38 states. 

Desoto Central High School is among several Desoto county schools with a Leader Academy, which empowers students through a focused curriculum to serve others. 

“Use those skills and take it out into the community, because, they are going to be the leaders of the community soon. So we’re allowing them to get out there and put it into action, now,” said Ben Richhart, Director of Operations for Chick-Fil-A’s Getwell location. 

“We go to the FedEx house and serve there. We go to the food banks. We’re also into a new project, Hunger to Hope, which a lot of churches in our community are participating in as well,” said House. “I’m super grateful to have Chick-Fil-A academy. They have given me the opportunity to be able to have that impact.”

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