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Silver Lake earns national recognition as Delaware's first "Lighthouse School"

Apr 07, 2015 04:37PM ● By Steven Hoffman

The Covey Foundation has named Silver Lake Elementary Delaware's first "Lighthouse School," a recognition that denotes their unparalleled success at creating a culture where student leadership, teamwork, self-direction, responsibility, civic pride and problem-solving are practiced by all. Only 106 schools around the world have earned this title.

As a Leader in Me School, students discover and practice a set of leadership and life skills from Stephen Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

"By incorporating The Leader in Me™ practices in our school culture and curriculum, we're helping children develop skills that will take them far in life: trustworthiness, a strong work ethic, motivation, problem-solving skills, goal setting, effective interpersonal skills, a sense of teamwork, academic achievement and valuing diversity in a global marketplace," explained Principal Cyndi Clay, M.Ed., NBCT.

"We know that at the elementary school level, we have the responsibility to build a strong foundation for our learners and leaders. At Silver Lake, our goal is to empower the learners and leaders in our school with the knowledge and skills to be successful as they journey through their lives!" she said.

In March, the Covey Foundation visited Silver Lake to film a video about the transformational process that occurred for one family involved in the program. Meanwhile, plans are underway for the district to create its own video featuring students, parents and educators from across the school, and shown at a community-wide celebration on April 1.

To learn more about the Leader in Me program, the Lighthouse Milestone recognition, or ways to support Silver Lake's efforts, please contact Principal Cyndi Clay at [email protected] .

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