Alpine Elementary School showcases leadership through kindness

Nicky Vaughn entertains a gathering of parents with his speech at Alpine Elementary School March 1.

Alpine Elementary School pro­vided a glimpse into their leadership program this past Friday by welcom­ing parents and community mem­bers to watch student presentations on this year’s theme, Leadership Through Kindness.

“Leadership Day is an opportunity for our kids to show off all that they do on a day-to-day basis to grow as students and leaders here at Alpine Elementary School.” said Alpine Elementary School Principal Travis Hill.

For approximately the last four years, the school has utilized an ap­proach to teaching students about leadership, including programming developed by The Leader in Me. The program was originally developed by Dr. Muriel Summers, principal of A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet El­ementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina, in conjunction with educa­tors in that region.

According to the Leader in Me website, those life skills are a result of students being exposed to lessons on leadership, a culture of student empowerment, and systems that are aligned to drive academic results.

As stated on their website, “The Leader in Me program is an evidence-based, comprehensive school improvement model — developed in part­nership with educators — that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.”

Children at Alpine Elementary School assem­bled on Leadership Day to give speeches, perform skits, and showcase classroom projects based in part on the Leader in Me program. “The kids are so excited about our Leadership Day,” said Chris Morales, Alpine Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year.

“Anyone can change the world,” said Shayanne Seifert in her individual speech on leadership.

“If you’re nice, keep it going. If you’re naughty, stop it,” said Shane Rasure.

The audience broke out in laughter as second grader Nicky Vaughn expressed his excitement about school in general saying, “Second grade is the best grade in the world!”

In addition to individual speeches, some classes chose to perform group skits and speeches.

Alpine Elementary School showcases leadership through kindness

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