The Leader in Me program at Camdenton School District's Osage Beach Elementary is inspiring greatness upon students and staff. The Leader in Me program is centered on the top-selling self-help book on personal effectiveness "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey, and students are utilizing those habits in every aspect of life.
Student emcees and cheerleaders lead the school's third Leader in Me rally held on Dec. 10. School administrators praised their performance and according to a press release by the school, "The nerves are beginning to calm and they (student emcees and cheerleaders) are able to keep the rally moving using strategies learned from their teachers and Principal Renee Slack."
Four students were honored as "Red Carpet Leaders" and received certificates and a gift card to Outback. Staff or community members nominated these students for going above and beyond in using their seven habits to exhibit great leadership in school and out in their community. The Red Carpet Leaders walked down the red carpet at the rally and took a seat of honor during the event. Students who were recognized as Red Carpet Leaders were Ava O'Neil, Kiersten Dawson, Emily McKinnon and Trey Fogg.
Teachers and staff also nominate "Excellent Effort Students" - those who are discovered utilizing one or more of the leadership traits into action during the school day. The leadership traits include: being proactive, beginning with the end in mind, putting first things first, thinking win-win, seeking first to understand then to be understood, synergizing and sharpening the saw. This month's Excellent Effort Students not only put their leadership traits to action in the classroom, but also on the playground, on the way to the bus, by doing homework, and while organizing Red Ribbon Week for the entire building.
According to the press release, this month was exceptionally inspiring as one nomination was submitted by another student.
Students who were recognized as Excellent Effort Students were Maille Huffman, Simran Arya, Brendan Weaver, Victoria Watson, Julia Curley, Sydney Garmany, Damon Brown, Preston Garrett, Gunnar Schuster, Devontea Wayne Gardiner, Macy Kincade, Hunter Stanfield, Meaghan Peacock, Quenton Westhoff, Estrella Olivera, Kassee Westhoff, Mia Supulver, Paige Schwantes, Shyne Sparks, Emma Daugaard, Joseph Ionashku, Caitlyn Garmany, Addyson Clay and Joshua Clay. These students received a certificate and a pencil for their achievement.
In addition, third grade teacher Jeanne Butkovich was given the Caring for Kids Award. Butkovich was nominated by fourth grade student Victoria Watson "for always making students feel good about themselves and challenging them to push themselves in their learning." Every month, teachers, students, and staff may write letters to Principal Renee Slack nominating a teacher or staff member for the Caring for Kids Award. This award is given to someone that has gone out of their way to show love and care for the students.