Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Freedom Preparatory Academy – Vineyard Campus Awarded Grant to Implement The Leader in Me

r By Diane Skousen, MSW – Vineyard


Freedom Preparatory Academy – Vineyard Campus announced today that it has been selected from hundreds of schools across the country to receive a grant from, a private grant-making charity dedicated to providing programs and services that develop students’ leadership skills and character in K-12 schools nationwide. The grant will enable Freedom Preparatory Academy – Vineyard to implement The Leader in Me, FranklinCovey’s whole-school transformation process for teaching 21st century leadership principles and skills to K-12 students.

Jonathan Kano, principal of FPA-Vineyard, said, “We are so proud to be implementing The Leader in Me process in our school. Our education team is committed to teach and inspire every child in our school to become a leader. We are looking forward to seeing the same kinds of positive changes that we have seen produced at other schools who have implemented this process.”

“Through this grant, we are pleased to recognize Freedom Preparatory Academy – Vineyard’s preparation and commitment to developing generations of great leaders,” said Boyd Craig,’s chairman and CEO. “We look forward to being a supportive partner in the years to come and to seeing this school, with its teachers, students, and their families achieve the success they seek.”

Craig continued, “We also acknowledge that this grant was made possible by funding provided by the Panda Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic giving arm of Panda Restaurant Group, the world leader in Asian dining experiences and parent company of over 1,900 Panda Express, Panda Inn and Hibachi-San restaurants. Founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng’s generosity and commitment to the communities their restaurants serve is having a deep, positive impact on hundreds of thousands of America’s underserved children.”

“I am thrilled to see Freedom Preparatory Academy – Vineyard starting their journey in The Leader in Me process,” said Sean Covey, FranklinCovey Education Practice Leader. “These students will have the opportunity to learn and apply leadership and life skills, such as responsibility, social etiquette, teamwork, communication, creative thinking, and problem solving, to name a few. Learning these skills now, will not only help them to be successful in school, but in every area of their life.”

The Leader in Me process also teaches students how to become self-reliant, take initiative, plan ahead, set and track goals, do their homework, prioritize their time, manage their emotions, be considerate of others, express their viewpoint persuasively, resolve conflicts, find creative solutions, value differences, and live a balanced life.rFreedom Preparatory Academy – Vineyard is one of nearly 3,000 schools worldwide in over 50 countries implementing The Leader in Me. As The Leader in Me is implemented over the next five years, it will help to shape the school culture and climate that students experience on a daily basis, as well as teach them the skills they need to be college and career ready.

About Freedom Preparatory Academy

Freedom Preparatory Academy was founded on the vision of Utah families who believed that a better model of K-12 education could be created. It opened its doors in September 2003. Now, with well over a decade of distinguished progress and achievement, this vision has been realized and thousands of students have flourished in their pursuit of education excellence. Now with three campuses, Freedom Preparatory Academy continues to provide a rich and challenging college prep educational program for Utah Valley families. To learn more visit, or call us at 801-437-3100.

For more information on The Leader in Me, visit

For more information about’s charitable mission, visit


Chris Baird
Chris Baird
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.
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