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Two Waterloo schools get donation for leadership program

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Thursday was a special day for Waterloo Community Schools, as two more campuses will now implement The Leader in Me program.

George Washington Carver Academy and Kittrell Elementary received a gift of $105,000 from Cuna Mutual Foundation and Veridian Credit Union Thursday morning at the New Teachers Breakfast. Through its foundation, Cuna Mutual Group gave $75,000 while Veridian Credit Union gave $30,000.

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber's Leader Valley initiative works with local businesses in donating money to schools. Leader Valley is considered the "educational arm" of the chamber and focuses on building leadership skills in young students. Its philosophy is that stronger skills will then, in turn, benefit the business community, as youth grow up and work in the Cedar Valley.

"We hope that by preparing students with essential skills that we as effective adults take for granted, we can explicitly put that in our young people early on as they become leaders in our community, and leaders in their work place," said Melissa Reade, Leader Valley Program Director.

The Leader in Me program gives students self confidence and encourages leadership based on Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People:

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think win-win
  • Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw

Carver Academy said the staff is in the training phase now before the program begins. Teachers and administrators benefit, but at the end of the day, the school said it's all about the students.

"I feel blessed that we're able to bring this program to Carver Academy, because it's not for me as the administrator it's for everybody. The program teaches to instill it in ourselves then instill it into the children," said Assistant Principal Cary Weiland.

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