Story and photos by Jo Mathis
AAPS District News Editor
Lawton Elementary students this morning proved that they are indeed leaders in the making when the school held an interactive Leadership Day for parents.
All year, Lawton has been using a program for leadership development called “The Leader in Me” that equips students with strategies to build confidence and skills to be responsible, creative and caring people.
The program is based on the Stephen Covey Leader in Me program for children, and part of the grant requirements is that a Leadership Day is held this year. Lawton’s Leadership Day for the community will be held on Friday, May 15 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Today’s event was a practice day just for parents and other family members.
Students greeted and led visitors into the school, which was decorated with student work reflecting the leadership theme. Following an assembly of music and a plastic cup/rubber band demonstration that stressed the importance of teamwork, parents visited with “dens” of about 20 children grades pre-K through 5 meeting together as a small community.
Principal Shannon Blick told the parents that the goal is for Lawton to be a student-centered school—“A school leadership where our kids see themselves as leaders and know that they are able to contribute to our community, to our school, and ultimately the world. And make the world a better place.”