Ser­vice Project & Lead­er­ship

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Tess Jones

Springville Self De­fense Lead­er­ship Academy and Jaker’s Jack-O-Lanterns teamed up on a ser­vice project on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 16, 2014. Allen Hughes owner of Springville Self De­fense Lead­er­ship Academy and Jake Har­ward owner of Jaker’s Jack-O-Lanterns gave sev­eral stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to work to­gether while help­ing oth­ers.

Allen Hughes shared, “The pur­pose of this ser­vice project was to teach our stu­dents to work hard for what they want and to pay it for­ward. We want our stu­dents to be con­fi­dent in them­selves, to be con­fi­dent in lead­ing oth­ers and to be great lead­ers. We be­lieve that lead­er­ship builds con­fi­dence, aware­ness and a way to work to­gether.”

Sev­eral stu­dents helped at Jaker’s Jack-O-Lan­tern in har­vest­ing pump­kins for an hour. Each stu­dent lead by Sabunim For­rest Green­ing worked at the pump­kin patch from 6 to 7 PM har­vest­ing pump­kins. Sabunim For­rest Green­ing along with a cou­ple of par­ent helpers, Paul Jones and Richard Pryor cut the pump­kins off the vines care­fully with a sharp knife while the stu­dents han­dled the pump­kins very gen­tly. The stu­dents cleaned off the pump­kins and placed them in a row. For their hard work, Mr. Jake Har­ward al­lowed each stu­dent to pick a pump­kin of their choice from the pump­kin patch. Once each stu­dent had their choice of pump­kin, they each gave that pump­kin to a fam­ily strug­gling fi­nan­cially, or fam­ily who had med­i­cal is­sues, or a friend who has been strug­gling mak­ing friends.

Many of the stu­dents had en­joyed this ac­tiv­ity and felt very happy serv­ing the com­mu­nity. They felt even more ex­cited with giv­ing their pump­kin as a gift.

Brynn Jones, age 6 and a Hap­kido Kid stu­dent shared, “I gave my pump­kin to my nana. She got hurt and had surgery. My nana couldn’t go to the store be­cause she has to rest so she can get bet­ter.”

Heather Pryor, age 10 and a Hap­kido stu­dent shared, “I gave my pump­kin to a fam­ily friend who is cur­rently strug­gling fi­nan­cially due to a loss of em­ploy­ment.

Tess Jones

Springville Self De­fense Lead­er­ship Academy serv­ing at Jaker’s Jack-O-Lanterns.

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