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  • Students share the 'leader in me'

  • As Camdenton Rotary members walked into their monthly meeting at Golden Rock Winery on Wednesday, they were greeted by elementary-aged students.
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  • As Camdenton Rotary members walked into their monthly meeting at Golden Rock Winery on Wednesday, they were greeted by elementary-aged students.
    A total of 13 students from Osage Beach Elementary and Hurricane Beach Elementary spoke to the members about what they are learning through the ‘Leader in Me’ program that has been implemented in their schools.
    The program focuses on seven habits that contribute to becoming a leader. Habit one is ‘Be proactive,’ which helps the students learn responsibility and taking initiative even when not being asked to do something.
    During their presentation, students told the club members what the habits mean to them and how they live out the habits daily.
    Kindergartener Gage Reed told the crowd that he was proactive recently when he decided to help his mother clean instead of play in his room without being asked. It may seem like a small victory for some but for this kindergarten student, choosing to clean without being asked was a big accomplishment.
    "It's good to be nice and help each other when no one tells you to," Reed said of the habit.
    The other habits include ‘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 are taught to have a plan, work first and then play, everyone can win, listen before they talk, together is better and that everyone needs balance in their lives.
    According to Osage Beach Elementary Principal Renee Slack, Leader in Me is “not a program, it’s a process.”
    The habits are implemented throughout the curriculum and are intertwined through everyday lessons.
    The program has been implemented for two full years and both Slack and Hurricane Deck Elementary Principal Christy Glodt say that they have seen a difference in their students during those years. She added that the students’ self-confidence has increased and that they had begun to take charge of their own learning by setting, monitoring and meeting goals.
    Students get to choose at the beginning of the year what type of leadership role they want to be a part of. The students that spoke to the club each signed their position.
    Glodt also told the group that it is not a privilege but a right for the students to become leaders and this program helps the schools bring that out of each child.

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