Sodt Elementary students put leadership skills in action

Mar 18, 2017

The Monroe News

MONROE, MI – Community leaders were taken on a tour of Sodt Elementary School and were amazed at the communication skills of elementary school students due to The Leader in Me process. “I see students who are becoming young leaders,” Craig Haugen, Jefferson School District Superintendent said. “They’re learning citizenship and communication skills.” Guests learned more about the elementary as well as The Leader in Me process.

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Dudley Elementary recognized nationally for leadership

Mar 17, 2017

The Franklin News-Post

ROCKY MOUNT, VA – Achieving Lighthouse status as a Leader in Me school is no small achievement, but faculty at Dudley Elementary School are saying it was worth the effort, which did not come without dedication. “Perhaps the greatest successes of all are in the stories that our teachers and students can chat about the way we build each other up and use skills of initiative, responsibility and teamwork in our daily practices,” Principal Lisa Newell said.

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Washington Elementary brings in community to showcase ‘The Leader in Me’

Mar 16, 2017

The Daily Record

CANON CITY, CO – Washington Elementary school has created a school culture using The Leader in Me process.  Ever since starting the process, Washington Elementary has assigned the older students to give a tour to local leaders and dignitaries setting a trend in culture for the younger students. “I thought they were so awesome,” Toni Carchochi said speaking of the older students. “I was really hoping that I could do that one day.” Carchochi had her opportunity recently, as she was able to take local leaders on a tour of the school and explain more about The Leader in Me process.

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Student leadership, success celebrated at local elementary

Mar 14, 2017

The Bowling Green Times

BOWLING GREEN, KY – Bowling Green Elementary School held their annual Leadership Day this past month, but it is not the Leadership Day that teachers who work at the elementary school are so happy about. While Leadership Day is a great community event, teachers have seen tremendous growth in the students and school culture since the school began implementing The Leader in Me. “There has been a huge change in our students,” school counselor Karen Lawnzano said. “I see our students becoming leaders in areas where they are taking charge of themselves.”  The school first started the process in 2013.

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South Students Saddle Up To Learn Leadership Skills

Mar 10, 2017

Benton County Enterprise

WARSAW, MO – It is a daunting task for anyone to give a tour, much less to someone who is twice their age. However, this didn’t effect students at South School who recently lead tours of their school to local community leaders as part of their second annual Leadership Day. As the students gave leaders a tour of their school and explained more about The Leader in Me process, local leaders were amazed at how much the students had done. “We should have more of this in our schools,” Sheriff Eric Knox said. “I see this as having a huge impact on the kids and their future. Public speaking is hard for a lot of people and this leadership training gives them the opportunity to do it.”

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IHS to focus on leadership skills

Mar 9, 2017

The Clanton Advertiser

CLANTON, AL – “We saw it and it excited us and we know that if they see it, they are going to get excited as well,” Tammy Smitherman said regarding The Leader in Me process. Isabella High School faculty have made the decision to implement the process in their school after attending a Leader in Me symposium where they saw young students conduct during the entire event.

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Two TASD schools name Magnet School of Distinction

Mar 8, 2017

Ark LaTex

TEXARKANA, AR – College Hill Middle School Academy of Design Magnet was recently named a Nation Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America. Schools that achieve this honor are judged and scored on the institution’s capability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships built upon the school’s magnet theme. While there are many factors to contribute to the school’s success, College Hill Middle is saying that it was through The Leader in Me process where their students learned to take initiative.

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Manchester Middle School students taking LEAD in classroom

Mar 8, 2017

The Suburbanite

NEW FRANKLIN, OH – The LEAD program is making an impact in over 400 student lives at Manchester Middle School. “We are extremely proud of the way our students have embraced the roles part of the program,” Principal James Miller said. “Students are taking responsibility for their actions and are making an impact both for themselves and others at MMS.”

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Grant Elementary wants to take the lead as a magnet school

Mar 7, 2017

Muscatine Journal

MUSCATINE, IA – Students at Grant Elementary are learning firsthand what it means to become a leader through FranklinCovey’s The Leader in Me process.  “It is the total foundation of everything we do … our goal isn’t to just make them successful at school, it is to make them be successful in life,” Grant Elementary third grade teacher Lisa Mckee said. They believe that by implementing the process they can achieve the prestigious award of being a magnet school. Jerry Ribe doesn’t think the progress should stop at Grant but believes the entire district can attain this goal of becoming magnet schools.

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Lincoln Elementary showcases ‘The Leader in Me’

Mar 4, 2017

TWIN FALLS, ID – Faculty at Lincoln Elementary School are showing students that they are in control of their own destiny, that is why they decided to implement The Leader in Me. With 92 percent of the school living in poverty, the faculty has really made a push to implement the process. “The model affects everyone in a school building including employees and students,” John Flokstra FranklinCovey The Leader in Me coach said. Family and friends were able to witness the impact the process has made on March 4, as they toured the school and saw class room presentations that were completely student led.

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Jefferson Elementary name a Leader in Me Lighthouse School

Mar 1, 2017

The Gleaner

HENDERSON, KY – Faculty at Jefferson Elementary are noticing the culture change that occurs in schools when students participate in The Leader in Me process. Jefferson Elementary was recently named a Lighthouse School, one of the highest honors a school can achieve in the process. Principal Crissy Sandefur remarked that since implementing the process they have seen a significant increase in student achievement, a decrease in behavior referrals, and improved school culture.

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Second graders visit with state legislators in Jefferson City

Feb 28, 2017


POPLAR BLUFF, MO – While most second graders are learning how to add and subtract double digits, Makayla Cantu and Sara Tolliver are discussing with their state legislature the impact The Leader in Me process has had on their school. After speaking with the legislators, Cantu and Tolliver were taken on a private tour of the capitol and even able to stand at the dais and hold the gavel. Remarking about the students, Senator Doug Libla posted on his Facebook page, “I was very impressed. Keep up the good work!”

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Burlington elementary school students explore passions on ‘Club Day’

Feb 27, 2017

My FOX 8

BURLINGTON, NC – Faculty at Burlington Elementary School know that each student has different strengths and weaknesses, and that is why they love The Leader in Me so much. As part of their process, they hold a club day each year where students can choose to join and lead dozens of various clubs depending on the student’s interests. “There’s really an eighth habit and the habit is called Find Your Voice… we want to make sure that there is a platform for all of our students to be leaders in something and so club day was born out of that.”

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Determined young man fundraises over $1,200

Feb 27, 2017

The Franklin News-Post

WITZ, VA – Most 8-year-olds are satisfied when they sell their neighbor a tub of cookie dough for a school fundraiser, but that wasn’t enough for Leader in Me student Denver Johnson. Johnson was told by his P.E. teacher their class would be raising money for “Hoops for heart,” a charity that assists children who have heart conditions. Upon receiving the packet, Johnson set a goal of raising $1,000, however, after doing a fundraiser at the local pizza parlor he was able to obtain over $1,200 for “Hoops for heart” foundation.

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Sudduth holds ninth Black History program

Feb 26, 2017

Starkville Daily News

STARKVILLE, MS – Adopting and adapting The Leader in Me for your school is not difficult. Sudduth Elementary School is evidence of that after they held their ninth annual Black History program. Teachers and students found they could incorporate the seven habits found in the process throughout the school’s presentation of Black History. “As with anything, kids follow what they’re taught,” Monica Lucas, one of the staff members who organized the program said.

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Cumberland Trace Elementary honored for leadership education

Feb 24, 2017

BG Daily News

BOWLING GREEN, KY – Achieving “Lighthouse” status as a school is a significant achievement for schools implementing FranklinCovey’s The Leader in Me process. For Cumberland Trace Elementary School achieving this milestone was a landmark not just for the school but for all of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Becoming a lighthouse school has not been an easy process, but for former principal Mary Evans it was evidence to her that implementing The Leader in Me six years ago was worth it. Since then, faculty and administration have all commented the students have been taking ownership of their own learning by setting goals and seeking to give back to the community.

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Leader in Me growing part of Cedar Valley’s school culture

Feb 23, 2017

Cedar Valley Business Monthly

WATERLOO, IA – Developing student leadership is a top priority for officials in the Cedar Valley, Iowa area. The method they have found most productive is The Leader in Me process. Matt Meyers from John Deere has seen the success and impact The Leader in Me has on young students and said, “The leadership skills they get through this program and some of the soft skills, it’s impressive. The skills that are being taught to kids are exactly what are missing in education today.”

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Clay Township students make blankets for sick children

Feb 18, 2017

The Voice

CLAY TOWNSHIP, MS – Learning to tie your shoe is a basic for any kindergartener, but for the five year olds at Millside Elementary School they are learning to tie blankets for children in hospitals across Michigan and Ohio. For many Kindergarteners that would seem like a daunting task, but not for the students at Millside who participate in The Leader in Me process. In addition to this, the students also held a spaghetti dinner and raised over $900. All of the blankets and money will go to the charity Fleece & Thank You.

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Leadership of West Feliciana Middle School on display at Grand Showcase

Feb 15, 2017

The Advocate

ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA – Teachers and administration have seen tremendous results at West Feliciana Middle School since implementing The Leader in Me. “We’re turning more and more over to the students, and they’re taking it and running with it,” Assistant Principle Nikki Milton said. Recently, parents and family members were awed as students put on a program showcasing the best of what the middle school had to offer. This program not only included dancing, singing, and acting, but it also highlighted students abilities in the STEM subjects.

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Millside students make blankets for other kids

Feb 14, 2017

Times Herald

ALGONAC, MI – As part of The Leader in Me process, Millside kindergarteners and first-graders organized an entire service project and made over 40 fleece blankets for children in hospitals across Michigan and northern Ohio. In addition to making fleece blankets, the children also hosted a spaghetti dinner and raised over $1,000. “If we can teach these kids the fundamentals of leadership at a young age, that’s a strong foundation for them to build upon,” Algonac superintendent John Strycker said. Service is one of the many ways he has seen The Leader in Me process change his students lives.

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