The Pryor Times

February 18, 2013

Roosevelt hosts ‘Leader in Me’ symposium

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— Roosevelt elementary hosted nearly 200 educators at their Leader in Me Symposium last week.

As tour buses pulled onto school grounds, Roosevelt students met them with “Welcome to Roosevelt” signs. As teachers filed through the front doors, they were greeted with a smile and a handshake from student greeters. The educators were led to the new gymnasium where they heard about the Leader in Me program from Roosevelt students and staff.

The first student teacher talked about habits of highly effective people: goal setting, working things out, solving conflict and synergizing. They are part of the book the program is based on called “7 Habits of HIghly Effective People.”

Another student described Roosevelt as “a healthier and happier school,” since adopting the Leader in Me Program. “I hope someday every school has this program,” she said.

The Roosevelt Honor Choir performed “Proactive Kids,” and the third grade students did a skit.

The Seven Habits Cheer was led by students, and joined by all including Principal Brian Bradshaw. Students of all ages can chant and act out, the seven habits: be 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.

Students then divided the teachers into groups to give them a tour of the school, from classrooms to the library and computer room.

The visiting educators were given the chance to see what a Leader in Me School is like. They asked Roosevelt staff about curriculum, and visited with students about their self-created leadership books.

“We began our ‘Leader in Me’ journey in the fall of 2010,” said Bradshaw. “At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, our staff received the signature 7 Habits training, then in January of 2012 we had our official ‘Implementation Day Training.”

In putting the program to work, Roosevelt students participate in a number of volunteer and community service projects. Just a few of which are canned food drives for the Ministry center, Coins for Coach, Chili’s change drive for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, candy donations for troops, Veteran’s Day cards to Muskogee Veteran’s Hospital, school supply donations, Snowflakes for Sandy Hook and collecting pop tabs for Ronald McDonald house. They have volunteered time with Blue Star Mothers and at local nursing homes as well as beautification projects at their own school.

This visit lasted roughly 90 minutes, one group in the morning and one in the afternoon.

In addition, 19 Roosevelt students participated at the symposium on the Tulsa end.

Led by Superintendent Don Raleigh, The Leader in Me started in 1999 is a school transformation program that is shown to improve student and faculty performance. The program utilizes the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and equips students with self confidence.

The program’s website poses the question, “What would be possible if your school was filled with students who were responsible, who showed initiative, who were creative, who knew how to set goals and meet them, who got along with people of various backgrounds and cultures, and who could resolve conflicts and solve problems?”

Roosevelt Elementary School is finding out.