By Andrew B. Clark
SPOKE Communications firstname.lastname@example.org
Clarke County State Bank, through the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, continues to support Clarke Elementary School as an official school in “The Leader in Me” program with Foundation grants and bank donations. Since 2012, CCSB has been a strong contributor to the program providing the base funding for its launch and collaborating with Randy Bolton, Clarke Elementary’s vice principal on the integration and promotion of the program and making sure resources are available for the kids involved.
“When we first applied for the Leader in Me program grant in 2011, it was our goal to increase our support of Clarke Community Schools through the Covey program,” said Dave Selene, bank president. “Providing the kids in our community access to these leadership skills has shown impressive results – from better grades and success rates to students taking part in leadership roles throughout the community.”
Based on the Franklin Covey book “Seven Habits of Highly Successful People,” The Leader in Me is a program designed specifically for elementary students. The program teaches students important life skills that they can utilize every day in the hallways and classrooms, boosting their independence and self-confidence.
The Seven Habits teach students to take initiative in life and responsibility for their choices, how to set life goals, how best to prioritize the week’s tasks, to strive for a win-win solution in all relationships, to understand and be understood, to combine the strengths of the group for the benefit of all, and that renewing resources, energy and health is essential for success. By starting in elementary school, this program provides life-long “habits” and processes to stay organized and to be successful in all business and personal relationships.