Blue Ridge Elementary holds inaugural Leadership Day

May 14, 2014

Blue Ridge Elementary School held its inaugural Leadership Day on Wednesday, April 30.

Community leaders were provided the opportunity to understand how The Leader in Me program empowers students to take on leadership roles.

This is the first year of The Leader in Me program’s implementation at Blue Ridge Elementary. The school stands united as in honoring the mission and vision of “The Leader in Me.”

Stephen Covey, author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” created “The Leader in Me” model that is being successfully used in schools across the nation.

The Leader in Me is an approach to developing a culture of leadership in U.S. schools and is based on Covey’s book. The Leader in Me model emphasizes skills that students need in order to be successful in an ever-changing society.

“As educators, we feel that every student can be a leader in some capacity,” said Blue Ridge Elementary Principal Callie Grubb. “Some students may lead in academics while others lead in social and behavioral skills. What is important, is that every student be given the opportunity.”

During this half-day event, visitors attended four rotations. In the first rotation, students explained Data Notebooks. The second rotation displayed the first graders Seven Habits chant and rhythm song followed by a briefing from the Blue Ridge Elementary Morning News crew.

The rotation ended with a song written and performed by second grade students. The Peaks of Blue Ridge, a panel of the sixth grade student Leadership Team, presented the third rotation. The final rotation was a showcase of student leadership roles throughout the year.

These roles included winners of the Science Fair and Battle of the Books. It also showcased leadership positions held by students throughout the school. Visitors were also given the opportunity to visit classrooms and participate in a question and answer session.

If you have any questions about The Leader in Me program, email Grubb at