The Lee’s Summit West High School FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) chapter recently teamed up with several elementary schools to promote literacy. The community service project was called Love to Read, Learn to Lead, Prepare to Succeed and was led by FBLA members Lina Elkishawi, Ryann Elliff and Jenni Plaskett.
The project took place for two weeks in February including Valentine’s Day so FBLA members incorporated their love for reading into the project concept. The main goal for the project was to promote literacy in order to build leaders in the Lee’s Summit and Kansas City metro community.
LSWHS FBLA teamed up Longview Farm Elementary and Cedar Creek Elementary Schools to encourage the younger students to donate new or gently used books which we then donated to Literacy KC, local organization promoting education while teaching adults and children the fundamentals of reading, writing and other topics.
The grade level that collected the most books at each elementary school won a free night at SkyZone in Lee’s Summit. At Longview Farm Elementary fifth-graders won, and at Cedar Creek Elementary fourth grade won. Between the two schools a total of 4,360 books were collected and donated to Literacy KC.
In addition, the FBLA members read to the younger students during the Kids Country before- and after-school program at each elementary school. FBLA members signed up to read to children to show the importance of giving back to the community but also to promote literacy. The LSWHS chapter also got involved in helping create boxes for the book drive.
The students running the drive will take this project to the FBLA State Competition, scheduled for April in Springfield.