SEBRING — The voyage began in the galley (cafeteria) at Sun ’n Lake Elementary School for parents taking a nautical-themed tour of the school’s student leadership program.
After the introduction and presentations by the chorus and drama club, district Tropicana Speech winner fifth-grader Kathryn Robinson presented her speech titled “Artistry.”
Before they headed out to visit the classrooms, the 70 parents who attended were invited to fill out a survey on Leader in Me for next year’s planning for the program.
Fourth- and fifth-grade language arts teacher Jennifer Marans explained the nautical theme for their Leadership Day.
“We wanted to “seas the day” as in “seize the day,” she said. One of the teacher’s put a quote on the wall that states “dive into leadership.”
In keeping with the nautical theme, the teachers wore outfits in navy blue and white and sported white sailor hats.
The art teacher and other staff members did a great job decorating for the event, Marans added.
Each grade level focused one of the seven habits from Stephen Covey’s book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” which is integral part of the Leader in Me program.
For example the fifth grade shared their understanding of the scientific process for the habit, “seek first to understand, then to be understood.”
Fifth-grader J.J. Benton demonstrated his science project, which used hydraulics to raise two spikes.
His mother, Kim Benton, checked out her son’s project and the other fifth-grade science projects.
“It’s wonderful,” Benton said of Leadership Day. “We don’t get to see what everybody does all the time. It is a treat to be able to come into the classroom and actually see what our students are working on and how they are developing.”
Fifth-grader Chloe Alomar explained her sports-related science project.
“I was trying to find out which brand of golf ball would bounce the highest when dropped from the same height,” she said.
This is the fourth year Sun ’n Lake Elementary has been participating in the Leader in Me program.
Marans said it is making a positive impact at the school.
“We see a huge impact on the students, especially those students who might come from a home life that needs a little extra encouragement,” she said. “It allows them to take on those leadership roles.”