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Leadership Day showcases students

Prince Edward County Elementary School (PECES) held an Academy Award-themed Leadership Day on Friday, where children showed off the leadership skills they’ve learned during the semester.

In addition to children showing off their respective Covey Clubs — centered around a program aimed at providing children with an opportunity to develop interests in different areas — students sang songs, participated in skits and showed off dances they’d learned, all of which involved Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

“We’re celebrating excellence and leadership of our wonderful students here at Prince Edward Elementary School,” Division Superintendent Dr. Barbara Johnson said during the event.

According to Jessica Southall, a PECES first-grade teacher who coordinated the event, about 35 community members attended.

Southall said the entire elementary school student body participated in what she said will be an annual event.

“The students themselves said it was the best day ever,” Southall said. “They really enjoyed all of them getting to participate. Overall, I think it was a really big success.”

Southall said the school was hoping for a larger turnout from the community.

She said during next school year, the event will take place in November.

“It was a great opportunity for our students to showcase their leadership skills, and I think that they really shined,” Southall said. “Our stars really came out during the day.”

According to Dr. Julie Gilliam, the division’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, PECES is a Leader in Me school. Gilliam previously said the Leader in Me program takes Covey’s seven habits and trains teachers on how to use them in their curriculum.