The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Bowling Green Class of 2018 raised $13,900 ($6700 in cash and $7200 in kind) to support "Leader in Me School" Warren Elementary with their class project. Yesterday, they celebrated the complete unveiling of these project renovations. Their project included remodeled bathrooms, a new picnic area, FranklinCovey "7 Habits of Leadership" banners, new paintings in the gym, and flags representing the diversity within Warren Elementary. These renovations are a step in the direction to accomplish the goal of becoming Lighthouse Status.
"I'm so appreciative for this project. It was something that was welcomed by us, and when we were chosen, I was overwhelmed with excitement." Said Warren Elementary School Principal, Josh Porter, "When they sent me the drafts, I thought - this is going to be a good project, but when it came to life, it was really something that was amazing, and it was something we really couldn't have done without their help. They don't know it yet, but they have put these kids on an upward trajectory - to be great for years to come at Warren Elementary."
The 2018 Leadership Bowling Green class chose Warren Elementary as their project to enhance the hallways of the school following their renovation. These additions directly correlate with The Leader in Me SCK LAUNCH initiative taking place in South Central Kentucky. In 2011, the Chamber raised $1.4 million in private funding to make Bowling Green and Warren County the first community in the nation to put the Leader in Me culture in all classrooms in all public schools K through 12. Since then, The Leader in Me has been a point of differentiation -setting the foundation to increase the quality of the workforce and to grow our community's future leaders.
"We are so happy to have been given the opportunity to improve the look and fixtures for some very deserving students and educators at Warren Elementary." Said Sterling Borders, Director of Supply Chain Management at Med Center Health and Leadership Bowling Green Class of 2018 Representative, "With the very generous donations of so many companies in Bowling Green who are diligent in providing for the needs of the community, we were able to make the walls and exterior of Warren Elementary compliment the fantastic work that principal Josh Porter and the teachers accomplish with this very diverse school. We are happy for them and wish them the best success instilling leadership principles to the newest generation of Bowling Green students."
The Leader in Me embeds leadership development into the core curriculum, activities and culture of a school. By teaching students leadership skills-the same skills that employers seek in top talent-they create a human capital advantage for our community in the long run. The model uses Dr. Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" to incorporate the language and concepts into everyday life.
SCK LAUNCH, which stands for South Central Kentucky Learning About Unique and New Careers Here, is a partnership between the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bowling Green Independent School District, Warren County Public Schools and local businesses to ensure our future graduates succeed in their careers. This collaborative community approach focuses on developing talent from within our 10-county region, with the mission to empower all students to leverage their career options upon graduation. The Leadership Bowling Green project renovations at Warren Elementary, will continue to build upon this mission.
About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce:
Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,350 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region. Learn more about South Central Kentucky's advantages at www.southcentralky.com.