During the school year, the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) Board of Education invites a high school student to represent their peers on the dais at the monthly meeting. For January, the New Year commenced with a visit from a young man who sought some positive change when he enrolled in Heritage Landing’s program, and he is a great example of how success is achieved through hard work and perseverance.
Austin Jenkins, the son of Wesley Jenkins, is a model student at Heritage Landing, attending the alternative program since his freshman year. Dr. Anthony Haan, principal at Heritage Landing, has been impressed by his growth, both personally and academically. “In his time at Heritage Landing, Austin has learned skills to help him interact appropriately with peers, as well as coping skills and a feeling of safety and confidence to express his feelings and concerns.”
Austin’s job skills have vastly improved over the last four years, because of his participation in some targeted programs. Dr. Haan said, “Austin has gained job skills through a Transition Skills class, CBIs (Career Based Instruction), and STEP (Summer Teen Employment Program).”
However, it’s Austin’s diligence that sets him apart. “He works part-time,” Dr. Haan said, “and plans to begin community college after graduation to pursue a career in the Culinary Arts.”
And if we can count on anything, it’s that Austin will continue to work hard and persevere as he achieves his success.