The Leader in Me At RCE "Proving a leadership centered environment that honors the greatness in every child."

by Diana Duckworth, Elementary Counselor

This past week, students at RCE participated in “Red Ribbon Week”. The kids in Mrs. Hathaway and Mrs. Fuller’s classrooms selected the dress-up days used school-wide to emphasize our drug-free messages.
Monday was themed “Follow Your Dreams - Don’t Use Drugs” with kids wearing their pj’s to school. Tuesday we “Doubled Up Against Drugs” with kids dressing up like a twin friend. Wednesday was “It’s Cool to be Drug Free”, wearing sunglasses to school. Thursday was “My Character Counts - I’m Drug Free”, with students dressing up as their favorite book or movie character. To conclude the week, Friday was designated as “Don’t Let Drugs Mess You Up” day, with kids wearing their clothes backwards.
Each week, my column focuses on one of Steven Covey’s “7 Habits of Happy Kids”. Habit 4 is “Begin with the End in Mind”. Kids who practice this habit plan ahead and set goals. They look for ways to be good citizens and do things that have meaning and make a difference. They understand that they are in control and can change the world through their actions.
During Red Ribbon Week, the Missouri Highway Patrol was gracious enough to bring their drug dog to school during the morning assembly for a demonstration and the patrolman encouraged the students to choose a drug-free lifestyle.
On Friday, Ralls County R-II students attended an assembly featuring Jess Angelique. Through testimony and music, Jess provided a powerful message to all Ralls County students with three key messages:
You matter.
You have value.
You have a purpose.
Kids “Begin with the End in Mind” by choosing to be drug free long before they are ever offered cigarettes, beer, or other drugs. Kids who feel that they matter, have value, and have a purpose are better prepared to resist drugs. The hard (and sad) truth is that even when these elements are in place peer-pressure also plays into decisions on whether or not to use drugs. To counteract peer pressure, it takes a community of family, friends, churches and community workers working together to encourage our kids. Growing up is a difficult process for everyone.
This week, spend some time “bucket filling”. This is a Leader in Me term that all our elementary students are familiar with. Filling someone’s bucket means that you fill the emotional bank account of someone else through courtesy, kindness, honesty and keeping commitments.
This past Friday, our food service director helped me write positive messages on bananas at lunchtime. It was such a quick and easy thing to do and our students loved it! Kids are sponges looking for attention and it is our job to nurture or “fill” their emotional bank accounts. Take time to fill someone’s bucket this week. Send a note of encouragement, rake a neighbor’s leaves, play a game of cards with kids, or just give an extra big hug. Start a chain of kindness…