Students and staff at Bucyrus Elementary School are gearing up for their second Leader in Me luncheon Friday, Feb. 19. Guests for the second event will be members of the Crawford Unlimited Leadership (CU Lead) program, an initiative through the Crawford: 20/20 Vision.
All of the leadership luncheons will be essentially the same. BES students and staff will follow a "recipe" of selecting student leaders to attend, selecting students to prepare decorations and selecting students to provide entertainment.
“Following this format will allow us to become experts at hosting a luncheon,” 3rd grade teacher Kim Haldeman said. “The invited guests will change each time; the student leaders will change each time; and the decorations and entertainment will change each time.”
Following each luncheon, students and staff "debrief" in the form of a plus/delta discussion. One change from the first “debrief” session will be providing the student tour guides with a "tour guide booklet" so they don't miss any highlights.
“We also learned that teachers were receptive to having the guests and tour guides pop into classrooms for quick visits during the tour, so we will be inviting our student leaders to do that as well,” Haldeman said. “In addition, we are gradually inviting other grade levels to select students, and we are adding second graders for this luncheon with the members of CU Lead.”
CU Lead is an initiative of Crawford: 20/20 Vision. Its goal is to provide leaders with tools that will support them in their leadership roles at work and in the community. The philosophy of CU Lead is that leaders are made, not born, and that leadership skills can be learned at any age.
“CU Leaders have been continually updated on the implementation of The Leader in Me program since its inception in Crawford County,” CU Lead Facilitator Dr. Paul Johnson said. “We are very excited to be invited to participate in a luncheon presentation where we will be introduced to the program by the staff and students that are actually doing it.”
A future change in the luncheon programs will be the implementation of student leadership teams. These teams will play a vital role in the planning of our leadership events.
“I am incredibly proud of the work being done at the Elementary School with the implementation of The Leader in Me program,” Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. “Our students and staff have embraced the 7 Habits, and I am excited for the future of BES and the entire Bucyrus City School District.”