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Largo School turns kids into leaders

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Students at Largo's Fuguitt Elementary are participating in a leadership program based on the Stephen Covey book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." Students at Largo's Fuguitt Elementary are participating in a leadership program based on the Stephen Covey book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People."
LARGO, FL (WFLA) -

Ask the students at Fuguitt Elementary how to be a leader, and they'll recite specific steps.

"Be proactive." "Think win win." "Begin with the end in mind."

These are all part of a new program at the school called "The Leader in Me." The program is based off the Stephen Covey book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." About 1,500 schools around the world follow the program including a few schools here in the bay area. Fuguitt Elementary in Largo is one of them.

"There's a leader possibility in every child," said Fuguitt Elementary Principal Kathi Bentley. "In this program, we find that in every kid."

Fuguitt received a grant for the program at the beginning of the school year. So far it's a hit.

"Every student has a leadership roll in the classroom," Bentley said. "They do what adults in other schools do. They give school tours, open doors for people, and lead assemblies."

Claire Timberlake, a fourth grader, says she's noticed a change in her classmates.

"They're acting better now," Timberlake said. "They stop and think 'I can be proactive. I can be in charge of myself. First things first. Let's make a plan. It's making our school a better place."

Bentley agrees that the school isn't quite the same.

"It teaches them to take responsibility for their own actions," Bentley said. "'I'll ask what you should have done?' They say 'I could've been more proactive. I should have thought first.' They're picking up the verbiage and being leaders not just in school, but, socially as well."

Although they've only been up and running with the program for a few months, Bentley says it's working already and she can't wait to see what happens in the future. On Jan. 31, the Covey Foundation is presenting the school with a special banner for joining the program.



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