Chick-fil-A Leader Academy holds se­cond an­nual bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment fundrais­ers

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Stu­dents at Cedar­town and Rock­mart High Schools got to end their time in school be­fore Spring Break with a much bet­ter ac­tiv­ity than sit­ting in class wait­ing out the fi­nal hours be­fore a week of free­dom.

In­stead of watch­ing the clock from desks, they watched it in the bleach­ers of both the school’s gym­na­si­ums on March 29 as stu­dents from the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy or­ga­nized the se­cond an­nual tour­na­ment for a fundraiser for lo­cal causes.

Cedar­town stu­dents will be giv­ing their funds back to a new ef­fort ac­cord­ing to Chick-fil-A of Rock­mart owner Zach Thomas. He said the group will give ev­ery dol­lar raised to a new men­tor­ing ef­fort called “Stu­dents for Polk” that he ex­pects will be­gin with the 2019-2020 school cal­en­dar year in the fall.

The pro­gram seeks to pair se­lect high school stu­dents with those in el­e­men­tary schools across the dis­trict.

Rock­mart stu­dents de­cided to give their funds over to the Rock­mart Home­less Ini­tia­tive this year, Thomas said.

The groups at each school are the lat­est classes in the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, or­ga­nized and funded by Thomas as part of an over­all com­mu­nity ef­fort to help grow new young lead­ers across Polk County.

Thomas said the tour­na­ments are a great way for stu­dents to give back at a low cost, and he hoped “a lot more fun than sit­ting in class” be­fore the start of Spring Break.

He added it is his hope to con­tinue the an­nual tra­di­tion into 2020, and al­ways hold the tour­na­ments the Fri­day be­fore stu­dents are re­leased for the week off in late March or early April, or how­ever it might fall on the cal­en­dar.

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above: The Chick-fil-A Cow got in on the ac­tion be­fore the start of Rock­mart’s tour­na­ment on Fri­day, March 29. right: Chick-fil-A Leader Academy par­tic­i­pants at Cedar­town High School will use funds raised from the 2nd an­nual bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment held on March 29 to form a new men­tor­ing group “Stu­dents for Polk.”

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Stu­dents packed out the gym at Rock­mart High School and Buzz and the Chick-fil-A Cow were on hand to root for play­ers in the 2nd an­nual tour­na­ment held at the school on March 29 to raise funds for the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy’s an­nual project.

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