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Teen leadership classes put learning into action

ORMS Teen Leadership students participate in the Landa Park Cleanup

Students at Oak Run Middle School are applying their leadership skills to create positive change. Every spring, students in Shannon Duffy's Teen Leadership classes work in teams to research, design and implement service projects for the community.

Teen Leadership's curriculum is designed to teach students business, personal and relationship skills while developing their leadership potential.

Recently, students organized a recycled art show to raise money for ocean conservation and to increase recycling and found art awareness. Other projects this year included making 60 Easter baskets for an area nursing home, collecting supplies for the Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area, making and distributing bags for the homeless, a clothing and supply drive for the women and children's shelter, litter clean-up days at area parks and a canned food drive and a shoe collection in cooperation with the More Foundation Group; an organization which provides water and sustainable farming to villages in West Africa.

Duffy has been involved with the program since its inception at Oak Run.

"It is such a powerful experience for students to develop and execute projects of this magnitude," said Duffy. "It is a crazy-lot of work to organize everything, but it is incredibly rewarding to see that there are students who are still involved with their organization years later."

This year, Teen Leadership projects raised over $2000 for charitable organizations including Relay for Life, the Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area, Bluebonnet Equine, Any Baby Can, Easter Seals of Central Texas and the March of Dimes.

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