2012 CLeW Held at Fontbonne Academy

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On Saturday December 1st 42 freshmen braved the snow and cold to attend the 2012 MA HOBY Community Leadership Workshop (CLeW) at Fontbonne Academy. Joined by more than 15 staff members, these freshmen spent the day learning important leadership skills through a number of interactive leadership activities, three dynamic speakers, a hands-on service project and, as always, the enthusiastic HOBY Spirit! HOBY cheers could be heard as teens arrived and met with their small groups.

Later, they enjoyed a very personal and dynamic talk with Mr. Joseph Sullivan, Mayor of Braintree. As the day continued, students and staff were challenged to a number of leadership activities that required participants to step outside their comfort zones and approach problems using different leadership styles. These leadership skills were then applied through a brief talk and Q & A session with Fontbonne student leader Eliza McDonald. Following Eliza’s presentation, students enjoyed an address by Bill Johnson, who taught the group that, “before you can do something great, you must do something.”

The group then used all of their new leadership skills to complete a service project with Jumpstart, an organization that seeks to improve literacy is some of the area’s poorest neighborhoods. As the day came to an end, students said goodbye to new friends…but not to HOBY! Several students who attended the event excitedly said that they could not wait for sophomore year and the chance to represent their school at HOBY Seminar 2014!

A big HOBY hug for all who helped to make this event possible, particularly Gail Elmore who was a constant source of support during the entire planning process, the fantastic CLeW staff, Andrew Morin, Mitch Luti, Kelly Russo, Nishant Joshi, Dani Crepeau, and Shannon Largey, whose enthusiasm and dedication made this day possible, and to all the HOBY Alumni and friends who volunteered their time as CLeW staff! Maretta Morovitz did an outstanding job as the student chair!

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