2018-05-10 / Front Page

Goodrich Reid Elementary hosts Leadership Day

By Timothy Mucciante Contributor


Natalie Chapa, Kye Gibson, Faith Harrell and Ella Murray 
Photos by Timothy Mucciante Natalie Chapa, Kye Gibson, Faith Harrell and Ella Murray Photos by Timothy Mucciante GOODRICH — Steven Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is not only for high-powered CEOs and business people.

According to Reid Elementary School principal Beth Millerschin, it is not about making every child a CEO, it is about fostering leadership in everyone one of our students.”

Recently Reid Elementary students showed their families what they have learned about being a leader. After a short presentation in the gym where students took the stage and gave examples of leadership at home, visitors then went to the students’ classrooms to get a oneon one with students about a specific one of Covey’s habits.

Leadership Day included developmental kindergarten and kindergarten in the morning session and first-graders in the afternoon session. The Reid Elementary leadership initiative is based on the “The Leader in Me” program.


Mrs. Mahaffy and daughter Olivia Mrs. Mahaffy and daughter Olivia Reid is a Pre-school through First Grade learning center, so the program helps them learn leadership skills long before they are typically expected to be part of their curriculum or future career learning.

Some of those skills are: interpersonal communication, self-motivation, creative problem solving, personal responsibility, work ethic, prioritization, being self-starters and other organizational and analytical skills.

The program is not free, and short of having a welcome corporate sponsor, Millerschin said they do a lot of fundraising events to offset the costs. Since implemented, the office has seen a decrease in discipline referrals and an increase in positive behavior as well, she added.

The program as instituted at Reid is based on adapting those habits to the school system (http://www.theleaderinme.org/what-is-the-leader-in-me/). It was started and is run by a parent group. Millerschin thinks the children are receptive to the idea because the staff embraced their belief in the children’s abilities, as well as being thoroughly trained in the program; and “Talking the talk and walking the walk”.



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