Press Release | Chamber of Commerce and the Fayetteville Public Schools Endorse Leader in Me Program

Unedited release from the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce

Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and the Fayetteville Public Schools Endorse the Leader in Me Program

Fayetteville, AR-December 13, 2010- A press conference will be held to announce the implementation of the Dr. Stephen Covey “Leader in Me” program at Washington Elementary School on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Representatives from 66 Federal Credit Union and OAK Education Foundation will present a $20,000 check to the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation.

The” Leader in Me” program, endorsed by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and Fayetteville Public Schools, will be implemented at Washington Elementary School during the 2011 -2012 academic year under the leadership of Principal Ashley Garcia.

“The Leader in Me” program helps develop the essential life skills and characteristics students need in order to thrive in the 21st century and is based on Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s bestselling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Key Principles such as “Be Proactive”, “Put First Things First” and “Think Win-Win” are integrated into the school’s core curriculum. Students benefit by improved academic achievements and gains in self confidence.

“As you teach these principles to our young students, you will be creating a generation of leaders, one child at a time,” said Chamber President/CEO Steve Clark.

When: Wednesday, December 15th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Washington Elementary School (Library), 425 North Highland Ave. Fayetteville, AR 72701

Direct quotes from past “Leader in Me” participants:

“I think 7 Habits are the greatest thing we can teach students. They teach them how to be a leader and function in society.”
– Vicki Mallory, Third-Grade Teacher, Dewey Elementary, Quincy, Illinois

“After just one year of implementation, we have seen leadership skills emerge in both students and teachers. It is refreshing to see students taking responsibility and ownership for their learning and self-discipline.”
-Pam Arnold, Kindergarten Teacher, A.B Combs Elementary, Raleigh, North Carolina

“The skills taught and the inspiration gained from the leadership program are invaluable and are also terrific parenting tools!”
-Melanie Adams, Parent, Stuard Elementary, Aledo, Texas