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Silverdale Students Take Charge of Leadership Day

 Silverdale Leadership Day
Silverdale Leadership Day
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Since Silverdale Elementary implemented the Leader in Me program a little more than three years ago, there has been a significant difference in the school culture and students are becoming better citizens.

“Students are being more reflective,” said Principal Kristie Bracey. “Students have taken on leadership roles — seeing how the students handle things that teachers and administrators were in control of previously; it is just amazing. There are fewer discipline issues and students are showing more self-confidence.”

On Dec. 8, the students hosted the school’s third Leadership Day, this year showcasing a variety of the school’s clubs. Community leaders and representatives from other schools considering the program gathered in the multi-purpose room, where students emceed presentations that included student speeches, songs, videos, and performances about how the seven habits fit in their school clubs. Students decorated tables and provided handmade tokens for their guests. Following performances, guests went on student-lead tours through the halls and classrooms. It gives students a chance to display their leadership skills and staff can share their successes.

“Vanessa Evans, a parent and school volunteer, has seen an amazing difference in her child. “He really struggled at first, but since we really started getting into the leadership (program), he has bloomed. He has become a doer, he volunteers for things … I really think the leadership environment gave him the confidence to be friends with anybody,” she said.


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