Leaders in school meet community leaders

Published 9:02 am Friday, February 2, 2018

Kendra Peek/kendra.peek@amnews.com
Harper Thompson, a student at Junction City Elementary, explains about the school’s Leader in Me program.

Students at the Junction City Elementary School had the opportunity to meet and show community leaders how they are leaders in the classroom on Tuesday.

The students in kindergarten through fifth grade were selected by their teachers. Principal Pam Shunk explained homeroom teachers pick two students to receive the classroom leadership awards, chosen because they have done the best job of demonstrating the seven habits, principles of the Leader in Me program.

“With Leader in Me, the idea is that students be involved in all aspects of running the school,” Shunk said.

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Those habits are: be proactive; begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win-win; seek to first understand then be understood; “synergies,” or work together; and “sharpen the saw — finding balance in one’s life, including family, mind and soul.

Kendra Peek/kendra.peek@amnews.com
Junction City Principal Pam Shunk talks to students and community members during Tuesday’s Leader in Me lunch.

Four have been chosen in each class, but only one in each class was selected to eat lunch with community leaders.

After the lunch, fifth-graders — as part of the Student Lighthouse Team — gave tours of the school to community members. The Student Lighthouse Team is a group of students who help provide a voice in decisions that impact the school. They meet with Shunk weekly. The idea behind Leader in Me, Shunk said, is to have students be involved in all aspects of running the school.

Visitors got a card and photo signed from all of the students.

Kendra Peek/kendra.peek@amnews.com
Keith Richardson of King Clean and Wayne Lyons of Kentucky 1st Insurance listen to Morgan Lamb from Junction City Elementary School explain the mottos of teachers in the school.