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Union Elementary School Learning Leadership Skills

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As teachers will tell you, it's not about doing one more thing, it's about finding ways to improve what you're already doing.

Students at an Upshur County elementary school are learning that.

Union Elementary was identified as a Leader in Me school. Leader in Me was first introduced by a United States elementary school principal who saw a need for developing leadership skills in her students.

"We have invited the community into our school to see what the students are doing, and the leadership activities that our taking place in our school," said Dr. Sara Stankus, pprincipal

The teachers at Union Elementary are teaching leadership skills using Stephen Covey's seven habits of highly effective people. Staff went through extensive training, and on Thursday the school showed off the results.

"Service learning, service activities the things that the students have come up with, and its really putting the students in the forefront of those kind of activities," Stankus said.

The Leader in Me has produced transformational results in schools worldwide. Studies have shown higher academic achievement, fewer discipline issues, and increased engagement among teachers, students, parents, and the community.

"The students just immediately understand it. It's so amazing it's really rewarding to see children just learn these, and memorize them and actually put them into practice," Stankus said.

"It's a great challenge sometimes, but other times it's really fun. You can do lots of things. We're doing reading buddies where we'll read to smaller kids second and below," said Nathan Allen, fifth grade student.

Stankus said the first three habits to the path of independence start with you.

"The first habit is be pro active. That being in charge of you, and I found no one likes to be told what to do. They love being in charge of themselves, and that means they're actually making good choices," Stankus said.

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