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

by Diana Duckworth, Ralls County Elementary Counselor
Ray Willingham of Perry presented a check from Orscheln's to his granddaughter (Kaylee Armour) and daughter (Jessica Armour) during the morning assembly at RCE this past week.  Mr. Willingham received the funds from Orscheln's after attending an event at RCE. Orscheln supports local schools by encouraging its employees to attend family events with their families. RCE greatly appreciates the support given by Orschelns. Ray Willingham of Perry presented a check from Orscheln's to his granddaughter (Kaylee Armour) and daughter (Jessica Armour) during the morning assembly at RCE this past week. Mr. Willingham received the funds from Orscheln's after attending an event at RCE. Orscheln supports local schools by encouraging its employees to attend family events with their families. RCE greatly appreciates the support given by Orschelns.

I have heard it said, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I am so thankful for the Ralls County village helping to “raise” our kids.
On the first day of school this year, I was greeted with a sea of school supplies donated by individuals and churches in Ralls County. Throughout the year, I have also received donations of hats, scarves, gloves and personal items. Our village cares enough to provide for the basic needs of our families.
Throughout the school year, Nancy Kellstrom and Dan Peters have worked diligently to ensure that the Buddy Packs from the Missouri Food Bank are delivered to RCE each week so they can be distributed each Friday. Our village cares enough to provide food for needy families.
David Poe painted a beautiful picture of a Tiger and donated it to our school. Our village cares enough to share their talents with our children.
Numerous parents and grandparents painted 350 elementary student’s faces in preparation for homecoming last fall. Our village cares enough to know that it is truly the little things in life that bring the most joy.
Leanne Reed at the Ralls County Library comes to school regularly to read to students. Our village cares enough to encourage a love of reading.
Numerous churches and individuals have donated money to the school to be used for student needs (buying clothes for our clothing closet, paying dues for students who struggle with having the money to be involved in extracurricular activities, helping pay for lunches for needy families). Our village cares enough to ensure that all students have their needs met.
The donations provided by area individuals to our Silent Night Christmas program was overwhelming. Our village cares enough to make sure that all students enjoy the wonder and joys of Christmas.
The Groovy Gardeners planted and nurtured plants in our circle drive area. Our village cares enough to share their appreciation for beauty and nature.
Numerous parents and grandparents have spent the past few months working with our 3rd-5th grade students teaching basketball skills. Our village knows that sports teach kids about teamwork.
Ray Willingham recently attended a family activity at Ralls County Elementary and returned to work at Orschelns’ and was entered into a drawing for a chance to win a generous donation for our school. This is the second time Orschelns has donated money to our school. Just another proof that our village cares enough to be involved in the lives of our students.
So many people in our “village” pour into the lives of our students at RCE. I could have listed numerous other examples. The Leader in Me program encourages individuals to “celebrate the greatness” of others. Odowu Koyenikan said, “A community that is engaged and working together can be a powerful force.” Thank you to the individuals and groups in our “village” who continue to support the needs of our students.