Leadership Day at Randall Elementary School is a way to show parents and community members how students are learning about the 7 habits of highly effective people. The day starts by students greeting guests at the front door of Randall School, which sets the tone for the entire day. Students are leaders; they run the program!
Guests gathered in the gym for a performance by the Randall musical group, the Notebusters. The Notebuster sang, “We Are the World” and several other inspirational songs. After the musical interlude audience members were released to visit students classrooms. Students were prepared to show adults what they have been working on, how the Seven Habits influences their daily work, and other unique projects such as a water demonstration and other presentations.
After the classroom demonstrations, everyone met back in the gymnasium for a Q & A panel composed of students from different grade levels. Students then explained which of the Seven Habits they like the best, and how the Seven Habits have helped them both in and outside of school.
Student Vanessa Feliciano was on the leadership panel and said, “My favorite habit is being proactive. I think it is easy to forget things, but if you are proactive you get everything done in advance which is nice so then you do not forget. I try to use habits everywhere I go if I am outside and if my friends get hurt or are having a hard time I use the habits.”
Jaclyn Davis, school psychologist is on the Leadership staff advisory council that helped plan the event. Jaclyn said, “I have enjoyed being a part of this committee because Leader In Me provides students with the opportunity to learn information that will help them grow social-emotionally and develop positive character. In addition, it provides them with the ability to learn ways to get along with each other and adults and provides guidance on positive work-study habits. The hope is that students internalize the habits and use them to make good choices in life.”
The day ended with a drum circle, led by students and advised by music teacher, Heidi Shelley. Audience members such as staff and parents were invited to take part in the drum circle. The circle played two songs. Everyone ended the day with a smile!