Warren Elementary Hosts Annual Leadership Day

Posted on 02/09/2018
Warren Elementary Hosts Annual Leadership Day

The students and staff at Warren Elementary host an annual Leadership Day, but this one was perhaps even more special. In the past, parents and family members have come in to learn about how Warren students are developing their leadership skills. This year, their leadership was on display for a larger audience, as they school invited educators and community members to see what is so great about the Warren Way of leading.

This year’s event was part of the Leader in Me Symposium tour, so educators from all over the area were bused in to see Warren leadership in action. After a presentation in the gym, attendees visited classrooms where students shared the 7 Habits of Leadership, their Leadership Notebooks, Class Meetings, Classroom/Schoolwide Leadership Roles, Class Mission Statements, and much more.

“We do Leadership Day at Warren to show people what Leader in Me is all about, and how we use it in our lives,” said Mia Lister, a fourth grader at Warren.

Melissa Kelly, Warren Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2018, was instrumental in organizing the event. She explained, “The guests were teachers and principals that either are from Leader in Me schools, or who are looking into becoming Leader in Me schools. They are here to get ideas and see what Warren is doing and ask questions about how Leader in Me has changed our school. These staff members come from all over Missouri, Iowa, and we even had some Kentucky schools.”

It was a chance for students to show off their leadership, as fourth grader Declan Fowler said. “We do leadership day so that everyone can be a leader together and get feedback to become a better leader.”  

Fowler’s classmate Rachel Harding agreed. “We do Leadership Day to show people what kids can do,” she said, “like give a speech. Adults don’t just do it, kids can do it too!”

Despite the showcase opportunity, the students seemed more interested in sharing the chance to become leaders with other kids – kids they don’t even know. Elicia Garbo, also a fourth grader, said, “We did it like this to try and see if people from other schools would like to try to join Leader in Me and make their students leaders, too.”

“We geared this year toward teachers,” Kelly said. “We wanted to make sure that we were giving ideas to the Symposium guests. We went to (a similar) event in (our first year), visiting schools, and it was awesome. We saw what the program was doing for other schools, and wanted to provide that experience for others since we are now in our fourth year of Leader in Me.”

Warren is vying for “Lighthouse” status at the end of February and will know by the middle of March if the achieve it. “That is pretty exciting,” Kelly said. “We were also one of only six elementary schools in the St. Louis area to be selected to be on the tour route.” So not only are the students becoming leaders, but Warren itself is now leading the way for other schools. It’s just another example of how FHSD schools are creating the leaders of tomorrow. All students need is an opportunity to show the community just how far they’ve come, and just how far they can go.

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