Panther paintings

Cleveland students take part in summer workshops

Last month, Josie Roddam and Kaitlyn Painter took time off from their summer vacation to come to their school and paint posters that will hang in Cleveland Elementary.

Last month, Josie Roddam and Kaitlyn Painter took time off from their summer vacation to come to their school and paint posters that will hang in Cleveland Elementary.

Last month, select Cleveland Elementary students in second through sixth grades participated in workshops to further their “Leader in Me” training.

Cleveland Elementary is in the process of becoming a Leader in Me Lighthouse School which includes learning the seven habits – be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win win, seek first to understand then to be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw.

All the habits are meant to aid in helping the student become a better leader in school and life. During the workshops, the students attended three classes – dressing for success, music, and public speaking.

Second-grade teacher Kathy Rodgers taught the dress for success workshop during which she discussed dressing for job interviews, shopping on a budget, and explaining the importance of dressing appropriately. Karen Hazelrig, a third-grade teacher, taught a sevenhabits song to the tune of “Lean on Me” during music class, and Sandy McElvey, gifted education teacher, and her daughter, Jessica, a UNA student, taught the public speaking class.

During the afternoon session, the students began working on their community service projects. This included painting ceiling tiles, painting panther paws on the sidewalk with the seven habits on them, and painting posters for the lunchroom.

“We are trying to teach the kids to give their time to making this school better,” Rodgers said. “We want them to go back to school being leaders and being proud of their community service.”

Supplies and lunch for the workshops were provided by the Blount County Education Foundation.