Holly — Holly Elementary School is one of 60 elementary schools in the nation to be awarded a $35,000 grant from FranklinCovey, a training and consulting firm. The grant will be used for a new school-wide program called “The Leader in Me,” which incorporates the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” into the school curriculum.
“(The program) is building a trust from student to student,” said Principal Franklin Cox. “The students have to be proactive about themselves.”
Being proactive, synergy and working with a plan are some of the principles being taught with the program.
Holly school officials decided to implement the program into the elementary school after visiting Beaumont Elementary School in Waterford, the only other school in Michigan that has The Leader in Me program. After receiving support from the school district and a rigorous review from FranklinCovey, Holly Elementary School was approved for the program.
The next step for Holly Elementary School is to become a “Lighthouse School,” which includes a strong principal and a passionate staff, according to Steve Yauch, a representative from FranklinCovey.
“It creates a culture of leadership. Students aren’t being trained to be CEOs but to learn what their individual strengths are,” Yauch said. Currently, FranklinCovey lists 15 schools in America as Lighthouse Schools. Cox hopes to achieve this distinction by 2014.
Cox said students will meet with leaders from the community, such as business owners and local politicians to learn more about the importance of leadership. Students will also be involved in planning school-wide activities such as assemblies.
And although The Leader in Me program just started this year, students are already having a positive impact to it.
“There’s so much positive energy here that it’s hard to not take some home,” said sixth- grader Jacob Warner.