The Chick-fil-A located on West Road became a Woodhaven-Brownstown School District (WBSD) partner before officially opening its doors in October 2021. For Owner/Operator Cody Gibson, it was a no-brainer to partner with a local school district.
“Back in my hometown of Toledo, Ohio, my father is the superintendent of a school district, and my mother is the admissions director,” Gibson said. “Needless to say, I have a lifelong passion for education and wanted to make it a priority to support the next generation of leaders and talent.”
Chick-fil-A, a restaurant focused on serving great food and hospitality, announced its grand opening at a Woodhaven High School football game in October 2021. They then returned several weeks later and sold sandwiches during a home game, with 10% of profits going back to the school.
“Woodhaven Chick-fil-A quickly showed us that they wanted to be involved partners,” said WBSD Superintendent Mark Greathead. “When we need something, we give them a call and they find a way to accommodate us. We’re thankful for the support.”
In addition to selling sandwiches at a football game, Chick-fil-A prepared and sold approximately 250 sandwiches twice a week during the 2021-22 school year, with 10% of profits going back to the school.
Recently, Chick-fil-A hosted meetings for student groups, like the Women of Woodhaven club, to connect with district leadership. It also served as the location where the recently launched Unified Sports basketball team celebrated the end of their season.
Chick-fil-A also supports WBSD through employment opportunities, allowing students to earn money and gain valuable workforce skills needed to succeed after high school. The restaurant employs approximately 50 local high school students, with a quarter of those students attending WBSD.
The district’s partnership with Chick-fil-A is mutually beneficial. While Chick-fil-A supports WBSD and its students, the district recently helped one of the restaurant’s team members secure a student-teaching position within the district.
“Chick-fil-A has been a great partner to the district, and we are happy to support their team as well,” Superintendent Greathead said. “We look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come to support not only our students but the entire Woodhaven-Brownstown Community.”
With support from businesses and organizations like Chick-fil-A, WBSD students are better positioned to thrive in the district and in a post-graduation world. If your business or organization is interested in partnering with Woodhaven-Brownstown School District, please call (734) 783-3300 or visit mywbsd.org.