A program is building leadership traits with students in seven Fort McMurray public elementary schools.
Leader in Me is a concept built around teaching life skills to kids and creating a culture of empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.
Superintendent of the Fort McMurray Public School District Doug Nicholls tells Mix News, so far the program is helping kids find a leadership role in the classroom from picking up trash to just being a friend with someone.
“The schools that are in Leader in Me create programs and live the program in everything they do, including Leader in Me assemblies where the students run the assemblies,” says Nicholls. “When students are talking the language, and understanding the concept, the programs having a major impact.”
Nicholls adds one of the roles some students have taken on is creating connections and a friendlier environment for kids.
“We have buddy leaders, some students may have difficulty finding a friend or two, and these students go out and try to help them feel the safe and caring environment in their school.”
A donation from a Buddhist relief organization, Tzu Chi, is helping fund the program.
Nicholls says the foundation donated over $370, 000 at the beginning of January after they saw the devastation of the wildfire.