Students and parents filled the halls of Fox Chapel Middle School on Wednesday to take part in Leadership Day.
Arianna Carter, a seventh-grader and member of student government, spent the day playing in the band and working behind the scenes to make the day run smoothly.
“Leadership Day is a day that we show Hernando County what the seven habits are and how we use them to help the community,” said Carter.
The Leader in Me is a school transformation model, developed in partnership with educators, that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.
Magen Schlechter, a teacher at Fox Chapel, said this program allows students to learn what it means to be a leader and how little changes in their personal life can help them persevere.
“Each habit represents certain character features that we should work on and improve on day-to-day to help us be the most effective leaders we can be,” Schlechter said.
Over 25 projects took part in Fox Chapel’s third-annual Leadership Day. The school’s Beta Club will be nationally recognized by the Leader in Me program for completing over 350 hours of community service.
Carter, a member of the Beta Club, is inspired to continue being a leader outside the classroom.
“We really just help around the community,” Carter said. “I heard that high schools have beta clubs too and I’d like to help more.”
For Schlechter, watching her students embrace this program is one of many things she’s happy about.
“I’m really proud that the kids have found something to be proud of,” said Schlechter. “You see kids in a new light and they become completely different people and it’s an awesome thing.”