Park Students Host Leader in Me Symposium and Leadership Day
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.”
Hampton White, Tyrel Bird, Patrick Young, Emily Taylor, Jessica Cook, & Logan Castor