Stonewall Jackson High School students donate 200 stuffed animals to local hospitals
Posted on 12/20/2018
SJHS students holding bags full of stuffed animals

The curious eyes of stuffed, fuzzy panda bears, brown bears, orange foxes, green frogs, and purple teddy bears peeked over the edge of red and green gift bags anticipating the smiles of the children they would soon meet. The cuddly stuffed animals were delivered with care to Prince William Medical Center by members of the Stonewall Jackson High School Chick-fil-A Leaders Academy.

Students Kwabena Mensah, Devon Smith, Angela Monteiro, and Angelica Prado delivered more than 200 stuffed animals to be distributed to the emergency room and X-ray departments at both hospital locations (Sudley Road and Haymarket). The students coordinated the stuffed animal drive as part of a "Do Good December" project called "Stuffed With Love.”

“From the moment we stepped into the hospital lobby, we were greeted with so much kindness, generosity, and pride,” said Jill Crayne, facilitator of the Chick-fil-A Leaders Academy. “After they presented the stuffed animals, the CFA leaders were given a tour of the ER and were even allowed to drop off a stuffed animal to a young lady in one of the rooms.”

The national high school leadership program engages students with an online Leader Lab exploring leadership themes such as visions and values, servant leadership, teamwork, innovation, communication, and impact. The SJHS Chick-fil-A Leaders Academy is supported by Jeremy Smith, owner of the Chick-fil-A restaurant on Sudley Road. Both Stonewall Jackson and Woodbridge High Schools participate in the national program.

Crayne said the students are entering this project in a national competition sponsored by Chick-fil-A.

“It’s our hope, when all is said and done, that this project will bring a smile to as many little faces that we can,” she said. “That's what CFA Leaders Academy is all about...leadership and making an impact.”