Chamber endorses ‘The Leader In Me’ initiative

HAMLET — Understanding that the schools are crucial to the future of our community, the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Richmond County Schools to implement a new education initiative entitled The Leader In Me.

ChamberThe Richmond County Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a special meeting to talk to members of the community about an exciting new education initiative called “The Leader In Me.”

At the meeting, Chad Smith a representative from Franklin Covey spoke to those in attendance about the benefits and outcomes of the program. Members in attendance also heard from Superintendent Dr. Goodman, LJ Bell School Principal Yvonne Gilmer, teacher Misty Gibson and four students about the benefits of the program.

This new initiative is a whole-school transformation model that improves performance of all other programs. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleThe Leader in Me

produces transformational results such as higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased engagement among teachers and parents. Better yet, The Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy.

“The Leader in Me focuses on elementary school aged children and teaches Dr. Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” in a format that appeals to younger children.  The program is integrated into a school’s core curriculum every day, said Chamber President Emily Tucker. ”

“Myself and my Chairman of the Board Evans Sheppard became familiar with “The Leader In Me” while attending a Chamber conference last Fall. We were absolutely blown away by what we learned and heard, said Tucker.”

This new initiative falls in line with Chamber’s current Program of Work to support workforce and education programs in the community. The Richmond County Chamber has identified the Leader In Me as a program that will enhance education in Richmond County and grow future leaders.

The Leader in Me  is currently being launched in LJ Bell Elementary School.  So far the program has been met with great enthusiasm and interest but the program will need the support of the community to continue.

The Chamber asks the community to support this worthwhile program, after all, the leaders of tomorroware in our schools today!

Donations may be made payable to:  L.J. Bell Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization and dropped off in the school office or mailed to L.J. Bell Elementary School, 442 Hawthorne Drive, Rockingham, NC 28379. More information about the Leader in Me program can be found at: / and updates about program implementation at L.J. Bell School at:

The Richmond County Chamber of Commerce, with its nearly 400 members, is the leading voice of business in Richmond County and is the largest business advocacy organizations formed to represent and support our members and to strengthen our County’s economy and business environment. Those seeking more information on this program or membership with the Chamber can contact the Chamber at 910-895-9058 or visit the website at .

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