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Mount Holly Elementary recertified as a Leader In Me Lighthouse School

Published Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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BCSD photo / Monica Kreber

Mount Holly Elementary is celebrating a major milestone as a school that instills leadership in its students.

The school was notified earlier this month that it has been recertified as a Leader In Me Lighthouse School.

A Leader In Me school implements “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," a school transformation model centered around building leadership among students and staff.

Being named a Lighthouse School is a benchmark recognition for Leader In Me schools. Mount Holly Elementary became a Lighthouse School two years ago, making this its first recertification.

Becoming a Lighthouse School recognizes that a school has produced outstanding results in school and student outcomes by implementing The 7 Habits. Leader In Me schools maintain their Lighthouse Certification for two years, and then may recertify to maintain the certification.

Principal Creighton Eddings said his students really live out this model at school, and said the recognition is an honor.

“Our school has been transformed through Leader In Me,” he said. “Students have taken ownership and feel like this is their school, which is what we wanted.”

The concept of a Leader In Me is implemented in multiple ways, including following a leadership model that teaches students to set, track and achieve their goals; learning and applying the leadership principles in school staff work; and giving students leadership roles at school.

Eddings said Mount Holly Elementary’s students take on leadership roles at every grade level, from simple tasks like collecting library books in the morning to more complicated tasks like delivering announcements over the intercom.

“They’ve set and achieved goals and utilized their strengths to achieve them…we’ve just tried to create an environment where that is everyday life,” he said.

St. Stephen Elementary and Boulder Bluff Elementary have previously been named Leader In Me Lighthouse Schools. Devon Forest Elementary and Sangaree Elementary are also Leader In Me schools.

Mount Holly Elementary’s administration hopes to celebrate this achievement with the students in the fall. Eddings said they miss the students and their families.

“We miss interacting with our leaders and certainly have made the best of trying to stay in touch,” he said.

Monica Kreber