Great habits make great students

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by Janna Virden

Students at Morrilton Elementary School showed the skills and leadership qualities they have been putting into practice, with skits and singing during Leadership Day held May 9.

The students showcased “The 7 Habits” for parents and the public. The habits are part of a core curriculum in the “Leader In Me” program, which teaches students how to take responsibility for their own learning as well as being a good citizen in the classroom and in their community.

The 7 Habits:

Be Proactive
Begin with the End in Mind
Put First Things First
Think Win-Win
Seek First To Understand, Then to be Understood
Sharpen the Saw

Lori Stidham, principal at Morrilton Elementary, said since implementing the program there has been a big difference in student behavior.

“There is a huge decline in discipline issues. Students are respecting each other more.”

Second-grader Grey Mourot said, “It is making me be good every day. I am in charge of myself.”