With siren blaring, a police car entered the campus at Hutchens Elementary School on Wednesday, and Mobile police officer Jeremy March got out, using his bullhorn to ask the students to gather around the car. He wasn’t there for an emergency, though – he was there to help the school make a big announcement.
Hutchens Elementary has been named at Leader In Me Lighthouse School.
Several MCPSS schools utilize the FranklinCovey Leader In Me program, which helps students develop leadership skills through the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The faculty at Hutchens went through a three-year process to show that it has fully implemented Leader In Me principles at the school and to display the impact they’ve had on students there.
“It’s such an honor just because we’ve worked so hard for it,” said Hutchens Principal Katherine Gallop. “It has impacted our whole school.”
Wednesday’s announcement came after the school’s annual Leadership Day, a student-led program where the school’s 20 clubs share performances, and a picnic where students can share with their parents what they’ve learned through the year as recorded in their leadership notebooks.
“Right now we have 19 school-wide leadership roles – those are jobs our children can apply for and interview, and this year we hired 202 students to take care of things around the school that normally adults would do,” Gallop said. “They keep leadership notebooks, they’ve learned about goal-setting – they have goals for everything that we do – and so they’ve learned to achieve those goals.”
Hutchens is only the second MCPSS school to achieve Leader In Me Lighthouse status, joining Pearl Haskew Elementary.