Martin Petitjean Elementary Named Louisiana’s First “Lighthouse” School

During special ceremonies held Friday, May 24, Martin Petitjean Elementary was named the first Leader In Me Lighthouse School in the state of Louisiana, joining only 50 Lighthouse schools around the world.

Making the presentation was Becky Cramer, representing Franklin Covey. MPE Principal Kim Cummins accepted the award on behalf of the school.

Also on hand for the presentation were Superintendent John E. Bourque of the Acadia Parish Schools, Adele Carr (APSB Supervisor of Pre-K and Elementary Education), Margaret S. Jones (APSB Executive Director of Curriculum) and Steve Joanes (APSB Supervisor of Maintenance and Warehouse).

The Franklin Covey” Leader In Me (LIM) program has become a popular school improvement process used in K-12 schools worldwide. Currently, LIM has been implemented in 1,127 schools throughout the world, 50 having achieved Lighthouse status.

“Leader In Me is an innovative, school-wide model that emphasizes a culture of student empowerment and helps unleash each child’s full potential.

The model has three key features: (1) Everyone has the potential to be leaders; (2) The “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” can be learned and applied in all lives; and (3) LIM uses an “inside-out” approach in its implementation, ultimately changing the community at large.

With its local funding beginning in the Fall of 2010 by United Way, MPE teachers truly believe all of their students are leaders and are providing them with the tools they need to be the most effective leaders they can be.

MPE has attained many advancements in the classroom with the LIM program, and have also excelled in many categories of class and school scores.

Congratulations to the students, staff and faculty of MPE on a job well done!

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