Cullman SGA practices leadership through service

Cullman High School SGA representatives pack patient care kits at Good Samaritan Health Clinic Tuesday. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Student leaders from Cullman High School’s (CHS) Student Government Association (SGA) on Wednesday spent the day learning about leadership and serving the community at the Good Samaritan Health Clinic and Curt’s Closet.  At the clinic, students packed patient care kits for clients, while at Curt’s Closet they sorted clothes, cleaned and replanted flower beds, and visited local businesses to promote the upcoming “Clothed in Cullman” fundraiser.

CHS SGA sponsor Elizabeth Pylant explained, “Our SGA students are our student leaders for CHS.  Today is a leadership day for our students. We spent the beginning half of the day learning about what a leader is, and what it takes to be a leader, and characteristics of a great leader.  And then the second half of the day, we wanted to serve in our community.”

Good Samaritan Executive Director Jolanda Hutson told The Tribune, “This group of students from Cullman High School are leaders at their school, as indicated by their being a part of the SGA there.  It’s very exciting to see them to carry over their leadership from their school to leadership in the community, as being people wanting to give back and pay it forward for the things that they have, and not take that for granted.”

The patient care kits included goods donated by pharmaceutical companies, but many of the items were donated during a drive conducted by fourth graders at East Elementary, under the leadership of Kristin Nunn and Cassie Bowen, earlier this year.  Students there gathered the items and packed around 200 care kits themselves, then donated everything left over for the current SGA project.

Nunn shared, “The reason we chose to adopt Good Samaritan Clinic is simple.  We wanted to be a part of helping an organization that makes Cullman the wonderful city it is.  Neighbor helping neighbor. That’s the lesson we wanted to teach our students.”

At Curt’s Closet, volunteer and sister-in-law of founder Ashley Wilson, Helen Lewis, said, “They have been wonderful.  First of all, many more showed up than we anticipated. We have one group that is going around asking for donations from local restaurants for our May 4 ‘Clothed in Cullman’ fundraiser.  Then we have one group that is pulling weeds and planting ferns and making everything outside look beautiful, and then we have a group in the back that is sorting and organizing all of our donations.  It’s just a huge help. CHS has been very good to Curt’s Closet, and continues to be to Curt’s Closet. And we’re so thankful!”

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W.C. Mann