Barnett Ele­men­tary stu­dent lead­ers hon­ored

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Ed Helmick

How kids are grow­ing up to­day and what kind of lead­er­ship will they bring to our com­mu­nity as adults are ques­tions we often pon­der and even worry about some­times. Last Septem­ber, Barnett Ele­men­tary School in Payson im­ple­mented the Leader in Me Pro­gram, and it has changed the cul­ture of this young stu­dent body.

The Leader in Me Pro­gram is de­rived from the well-known Stephen Covey book “The 7 Habits of Highly Ef­fec­tive Peo­ple.” Covey’s son Sean took the con­cepts that his fa­ther brought to­gether and wrote “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids.” It is from this work that the Barnett lead­er­ship pro­gram was de­vel­oped. The FranklinCovey cor­po­ra­tion sup­ports the Leader in Me Pro­gram with re­source ma­te­rial and school staff coach­ing. Barnett Ele­men­tary has been very suc­cess­ful with the in­te­gra­tion of this lead­er­ship pro­gram along with the school’s aca­demic pro­grams.

In early March, a cou­ple of the stu­dent lead­ers asked Moun­tain View Hospi­tal Ad­min­is­tra­tor Kevin John­son to visit the school. On March 21, he took time out of his sched­ule to ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand the school’s stu­dent lead­er­ship pro­gram. The pro­gram cre­ated such a pos­i­tive im­pres­sion in him that he re­turned to the school on April 19 to honor the stu­dent lead­ers. Ar­riv­ing in the hospi­tal’s he­li­copter, he brought pos­i­tive com­ments, pop­si­cles and wrist bands.

The school’s 550 stu­dents watched this spe­cial recog­ni­tion of lead­er­ship train­ing and lis­tened to the ex­cite­ment in John­son’s voice as he talked about the pro­gram. John­son told the stu­dents they will achieve their goals in life with the lead­er­ship skills they are learn­ing. A com­mu­nity leader hon­or­ing stu­dent lead­ers sug­gests our fu­ture will be in good hands as these young peo­ple grow into pro­duc­tive adults and be­come a new gen­er­a­tion of com­mu­nity lead­ers.

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