Park Stu­dents Host Leader in Me Sym­po­sium and Lead­er­ship Day

Serve Daily - - PARADE OF GEMS - By Adam Gull

March has roared in l ike a l ion for Park El­e­men­tary stu­dents, but it was the months of prepar at ion by stu­dents and fac­ult y that made the Leader in Me Sym­po­sium and thi rd an­nual Lead­er­ship Day such a great suc­cess.

Park El­e­men­tary i s in it s thi rd year as a Leader in Me school. Part of be­ing a Leader in Me school is reach­ing the goal of be­com­ing a Light­house school. A Light­house school is one that ful ly em­braces the cul­ture of s tudent lead­er­ship as­so­ci­ated with im­ple­ment ing the Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habi t s of Highly Ef fect ive People. E a ch school must also achieve specif ic re­quire­ments along the way. Not only is it a goal for Park El­e­men­tary to be­come a Light­house school, but con­tin­u­ing with stu­dent lead­er­ship so ever y stu­dent, teacher and fam­ily can be model cit­i­zens and a beacon in the com­mu­nity.

On March 18th and 19th, Park stu­dents hosted 100 vis­i­tors f rom

Fran k l i n Covey’s Leader i n Me Sympo s iu m a nd d emons t r a t e d what stu­dent lead­er­ship looks like at Pa rk El­e­ment a r y. S e th Pauley, a 6th grader at Park and MC, ex­plained the his­tor y of Park and a few things that have been im­ple­mented school wide such as at ten­dance goals, class­room and stu­dent WIGS ( wildly im­por­tant goals), and the Posit ive Pan­ther Board. Fi rst grade stu­dents Emily Tay­lor, Col­ben Brind­ley, Mor­gan Witt, Corbin Allen along with 5th grader Patrick Young shared their fa­vorite habit and how it helps them in school and at home. Our 3rd grade stu­dents charmed the au­di­ence with their 7 Habits song.

Af­ter the as­sem­bly, vis­i­tors were able to at tend three break­out ses­sions to v i s i t cla s s rooms where they saw in­tegr ated lessons with the 7 Habits. They were also shown stu­dent data binders, and mis­sion state­ments, which demon­strate stu­dent lead­er­ship, re­spon­si­bil­ity, and re­spect. Vis­i­tors were then brought back for a que s t ion and an­swer panel con­sist ing of stu­dents, par­ents, teach­ers and our prin­ci­pal.

A highl ight of the sym­po­sium was stu­dents Jes­sica Cook, Lo­gan Cas tor, Pat r ick Young, Hamp­ton White, Tyrel Bird and Emily Tay­lor. These six stu­dents stole the show in front of 450 people at the Utah Val­ley Con­vent ion Cen­ter with their un­be­liev­able speeches on the 7 Habits and how the Leader in Me has in­spired them. These Park Pan­thers had the au­di­ence laugh­ing, c r ying, and ap­plaud­ing with a stand­ing ova­tion. Af ter the sym­po­sium, stu­dents were t reated like celebri­ties by sign­ing au­to­graphs and pos­ing for photo ops! One stu­dent , Pat r ick Young, re­ceived two job of­fers af­ter he grad­u­ates f rom high school. Prin­ci­pal Ryan Kay said he “couldn’t be prouder.” Leslee Hunt and Jennifer Sorensen, who have been in­te­gral in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­gram, both com­mented the per for­mance of these six st udents and all of Park El­e­men­tary made it wor th the three year jour­ney. Both are ex­cited to con­tinue the growth of this pro­gram.

On March 25th, Par k s t udent s hosted the same event for com­mu­nity, busi­ness, and ed­u­ca­tion lead­ers. Many lead­ers com­mented on how conf ident and im­pres­sive Park stu­dents were in talk­ing to oth­ers and set­ting aca­demic and be­hav­ior goals and track­ing them all on their own. Or in other words… “Be­ing Proac­tive, Be­gin­ning with the End in Mind and Put t ing Fi rst Things First.”

We are so proud of ALL stu­dents at Park El­e­men­tary! Tyrel Bird may speak for many stu­dents when he says- “The Leader in Me pro­gram re­ally did f ind the leader in me.”

Sub­mit­ted by Adam Gull

Hamp­ton White, Tyrel Bird, Patrick Young, Emily Tay­lor, Jes­sica Cook, & Lo­gan Cas­tor

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