Student leaders are our future

Dec 13, 2013

Hazelwood Elementary School has spent the past four months instilling responsibility and leadership into their students with its new program, The Leader in Me.

The name of the program does just what it sounds like — brings out the leadership qualities in every student. Based on a book called “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey, the program encourages the development of seven habits that will benefit children throughout their lives.

After only a few months of participation, successful habits are already being formed. Teachers and parents have already reported seeing several Hazelwood students take responsibility and plan ahead, both in class and at home. When children between the ages of 5-10 suddenly tell their parents they are going to “be proactive” or “put first things first,” it’s a pretty tremendous feat.

And it’s not just hearsay. Case studies done in other elementary schools show that the Leader in Me program helped build students’ self confidence while also providing guidance, structure and order.

Now that schools’ resources are so limited, it’s more critical than ever to ensure that students are learning to the best of their ability. Teaching and encouraging better learning techniques at such a young age will surely make a difference in the long run — especially considering how many students are already making changes after just a few months.

Our future is dependent on the success of our youth, and Hazelwood Elementary School has the right idea for trying to guarantee that our local students may reach for, and achieve, success in the future. We encourage more elementary schools to look into the Leader in Me program, and see how many other student leaders we can create.