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