Impact Saints Assembling Hope Feature Article During the 2020-2021 school year, more than 31,000 students in 1,050 high schools nationwide started their journey with Chick-fil-A Leader Academy (CLA), a national leadership program sponsored by local Chick-fil-A operators who are passionate about reaching the next generation of leaders. Shiloh’s CLA consisted of 87 sophomores and juniors who participated in monthly Leader Labs to learn servant leadership principles, and practice tangible skills. The student’s year of training culminated with a major student-led project to make a difference in their community. Despite a global pandemic, the group found a way to safely meet a major need for a local faith-based women’s and children’s shelter called Restoration Village through their Impact Project deemed “Saints Assembling 18 IMPACT 2021 Restoration Village is a nonprofit, faith-based shelter that opened in 1989 and provides residents with on-site housing, counseling, equine therapy, advocacy services, enrichment trips, activities, and transportation services. The shelter serves about 50 women and children annually, and had a “modest playground with few features nearing the end of its usefulness,” according to Kris Adams, Development Director at Restoration Village. "It was functional," he said "but this is more Hope.” According to Alicia Brown, who directs the program at Shiloh, “They worked on finding a need in the community, developing a concept, designing the playground, raising all of the money, leading other students throughout the experience, and ultimately building the playground with their own hands - along with support from the community.” ABOVE Chick-fil-A Leader Academy students posed at the grand opening ceremony 01. The Ninja warrior area was designed for teen residents. 02. Students constructed the bridge on Building Day. 03. Students worked in four hour shifts. 04. Students completed the final shift on Building Day. 05. Students pre-cut and labeled wood pieces .

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