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Eugene Field becomes first 'lighthouse' school in southeast MO

Eugene Field Elementary staff and students celebrate after learning last week they have become a lighthouse school under The Leader in Me. (Source:Poplar Bluff Public Schools) Eugene Field Elementary staff and students celebrate after learning last week they have become a lighthouse school under The Leader in Me. (Source:Poplar Bluff Public Schools)
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

Under the “Leader in Me” program, Eugene Field in Poplar Bluff has achieved lighthouse status, joining only a dozen other Missouri schools and less than 250 world-wide to meet this prestigious benchmark.

The elementary school received a grant valued at about $75,000 in 2013 from Franklin Covey’s "I Am A Leader Foundation" and since then students have participated in goal setting, data tracking, leadership roles, self-led conferences with parents and community events.

“It reinforces the hard work of our staff and students over the last four years and shows that, regardless of socioeconomic status or a child’s age, personal leadership can be taught and modeled,” Eugene Field Principal Jennifer Taylor said. “It is completely attainable for students to achieve personal and academic goals and give back to their community, putting leadership in action to better themselves, even if they have obstacles or limited background experiences.”

A review team from Franklin Covey visited Poplar Bluff to evaluate the environment, culture and language at Eugene Field. Through the program students are taught to become self-reliant, take initiative, plan ahead, set and track goals, prioritize, manage their emotions, be considerate, find creative solutions, value differences and live a balanced life.

“Schools who achieve the lighthouse milestone are great examples of a strong leadership model, process and of what it means to be a "Leader in Me School," stated company Education Practice Leader Sean Covey in a press release. “This school has experienced transformational results by implementing the principles and practices related to "The Leader in Me.”

Prior to writing the successful grant, Taylor and her team participated in a book study of “The Leader in Me,” which details how the habits can be used by school-aged children to develop the skills and self-confidence needed to succeed in class and life. Now recognized as an exemplary "Leader in Me" school throughout the region, having fully implemented all of the criteria in the program, Eugene Field will continue to receive annual on and off site coaching, and sustain its certification with reviews every other year.

“This is a tremendous accolade for the students, faculty and staff at Eugene Field,” R-I Superintendent Scott Dill said. “They have worked unceasingly to improve themselves and to improve their school. All of their hard work and their persistence has merited this award.”

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