Community-service activities tie to Leader in Me program
Pleasant Lea Elementary students from kindergarten through sixth grade participated in a school-wide Serve Day April 6. The special day was tied to the school’s Leader in Me program and is designed to teach children about the importance of helping others.
During the event, various grade levels spent the morning serving at locations throughout the community including child care facilities and retirement homes. During the afternoon, the school’s approximately 525 students participated in in-school service activities. Examples include making sandwiches for a homeless shelter, picking up trash on the school campus and assembling treat bags and making thank-you signs for local police and fire stations.
With the help of local businesses and the school’s families, many of the materials used for the sandwiches and treats were donated.
This is the second year for the school’s Serve Day, which is closely linked to Pleasant Lea Elementary’s Leader in Me program. Through the program, which is based on Stephen Covey’s seven habits of effective people, Pleasant Lea has achieved Lighthouse national certification.
In addition to the April 6 Serve Day, Pleasant Lea students and staff members have a year-round focus on giving back to others. Activities this school year have included collecting items to donate to emergency responders, deployed soldiers, NICU babies, LS Animal Shelter, Hope House and LS Social Services. Students are also writing notes of encouragement, birthday cards and thank you cards to be delivered the following week to the places they visited.