Last updated: August 26. 2014 3:13PM - 341 Views
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Photo submitted by Jenny TurnerSabrina Sparks and Bryceson Hatfield are fourth grade students participating in Middlesboro Elementary's “The Leader in Me” program. This program aims to teach children the importance of being a leader in their personal life as well as the classroom.
Photo submitted by Jenny TurnerSabrina Sparks and Bryceson Hatfield are fourth grade students participating in Middlesboro Elementary's “The Leader in Me” program. This program aims to teach children the importance of being a leader in their personal life as well as the classroom.
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Middlesboro Elementary School is creating young leaders through their newly implemented “The Leader in Me” program.


The program was created by FranklinCovey, a global company specializing in performance improvement. It outlines seven positive habits that students ages 5 to 11 should implement in their academic careers and personal lives to help them become a leader.


These habits include being proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand then to be understood, synergize and sharpen the saw.


Teachers are seeing a change in students’ behavior since implementation of the program just a few short weeks ago.


“As the lessons that go with this program are taught, the teachers are noticing open forms of communication and discussions with the children. Students are sharing personal experiences, ideas and feelings,” said teacher Jenny Turner.


“The Leader in Me” is being funded through a private donation to the Southeast Southcentral Educational Cooperative with the Kentucky Department of Education.


This youth-centered program has other goals including developing essential life skills and character development needed to succeed in the 21st century. Through the use of workbooks, online tools and discussion, students can work on improving academic achievement and increasing self-confidence.


“It’s so interesting for them to see that children across the nation are doing the same seven habit strategies that they are,” said Turner.


Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.

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