Rosy Mound students focus on leadership

Krystle Wagner • Jul 22, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Hallways throughout the school are also decorated with assignments detailing what makes a leader and what students would like to accomplish this year.

The ever-present message of leadership has been blended into the curriculum as the school implements in The Leader in Me program, which is based on the book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey.

Principal Kevin Blanding explained it’s about creating a climate that supports leadership and brings families into it.

“It’s not a program so much as it is a philosophy,” he said.

Throughout the year, students are given opportunities to be leaders as they explore seven habits: be proactive; begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win-win; seek first to understand, then listen to be understood; and synergize.

Nearly 2,000 schools throughout the country participate in The Leader in Me program.

This year’s goals are to have students developing data notebooks tracking their goals and progress, leadership roles for each student, and getting parents involved, Blanding said.

Currently, the school is holding a series of workshops that parents can participate in and learn ways to continue the message at home.

The school’s parent-teacher association paid for Rosy Mound staff to receive training last year. The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation and the JSJ Foundation have funded the second year.

Students have received leadership opportunities through arranging assemblies and fundraisers, and putting together the school’s news video. Throughout the year, students identify personal and academic goals, and track their progress.

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