May 8th was an exciting day at Mason Elementary. We had our 1st Annual Leadership Luau. The Leadership Luau was an opportunity for the students at Mason Elementary to show how The Leader in Me program has been put into action throughout our school. As most of the community knows, Mason Elementary received a grant to implement The Leader in Me program, which teaches leadership skills to our students by learning and practicing the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Seventy eight people attended the Leadership Luau including principals, teachers, Mason Elementary mentors, The Leader in Me donors, and community leaders. We had Region 15 and Region 13 in attendance. Schools from our district came and also schools from the surrounding area such as Fredericksburg ISD, Llano ISD, San Saba ISD and San Angelo ISD. People came from all over and from as far as Del Rio ISD to see our program.
Mason Elementary students took all of the 78 people through a journey of how The Leader in Me program has transformed our school and how it is teaching life-long leadership skills. Vondell Jordan and Tammy Parrish organized and orchestrated the event and it went without a hitch! It started off with the whole school singing a 7 Habits song taught by Dawn Hahn. Fourth grade student leaders Kendra Munsell, Nicolas Rodriguez, and Abbigail Meredith welcomed guests and spoke at the opening of the program. Everyone was then broken into groups and led around the school by our 4th grade tour guides and sent to visit each grade level to see The Leader in Me in action. Kindergarten shared their Leadership Notebooks, which shows the progression of what each student has learned throughout the year. First grade displayed a smaller version of the Synergizing Reader’s Café that they did earlier in the year. The Reader’s Café is a restaurant style environment where parents can ‘order’ a reader to come read to them. This gave first grade students many opportunities to show off their new reading skills. Second grade demonstrated Begin With the End in Mind Careers by researching what they wanted to be when they grew up, what it would take to achieve this goal, dressing up as the profession and presenting it to our visitors. Third grade had a Great Leaders Wax Museum. Each 3rd grader researched an influential leader from the past and present. A visitor would come up and press a “button” and the student would share why and what made this person a leader. The 4th grade demonstrated Put First Things First Morning Announcements, which is how Mason Elementary starts every day with the 7 Habits. Then the visitors returned to the library to find refreshments made by teachers, staff, and Phyllis Almond (a.k.a Gigi). Pre-Kindergarten kicked off the closing with their “Proactive Song” also taught by Dawn Hahn. Then we had a panel of student leaders from Pre-K to 4th grade answer questions. The panel of student leaders included Anna Marie Whitworth- Pre-K, Patricio Segura -Kindergarten, Cason and Cooper Gibbs -1st Grade, Avery Brooks -2nd grade, Will Ince- 3rd grade, and Johnny Rosas-4th grade. Mrs.Parrish wrapped up the day with any administrative questions the visitors had.
Mason Elementary students did the community proud and left our visitors with smiles on their face and a lasting impression of how The Leader in Me can take students from great to greatness. Mason Elementary would like to give a special thanks to Brenda Kothmann for her help on the decorations, The Beaty’s for putting up the inspirational quotes around the school, and The Green House and Wildflowers for loaning us some beautiful plants. Another special thank you goes to Patrice Searsy, Debra Hyden, Sue McCully, Jane Vargas, and Linda Geistweidt for their wonderful and late-night paint job in the bathrooms. It truly was a synergized effort between faculty, students, and the community! It was a GREAT DAY TO BE A PUNCHER!!!