PERRY -- Tucker Elementary became the first Georgia school to achieve Lighthouse Status, which recognizes schools focused on developing a culture of leadership.
The recognition was announced to school faculty and staff Thursday in an after-school celebration.
The school has worked toward Lighthouse status for three years, focusing on developing student leaders using Stephen Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” The recognition was awarded by the Covey Foundation.
Tucker Elementary joins 20 other schools around the world, including one in Indonesia and six in Canada, in being named Lighthouse schools.
“Lighthouse recognition comes because of the results a school is achieving and the impact it is having on staff, students, parents and the greater community,” reads the Leader in Me website, which outlines the steps a school must take to achieve Lighthouse status.
Schools must implement the Leader in Me process and then pass a Lighthouse review, which evaluates the school’s performance against nine criteria.
Tucker Elementary has hosted annual leadership days to showcase student leaders and their work, as part of its process.
Two other Middle Georgia schools, Morningside Elementary in Perry and St. Peter Claver School in Macon are currently in the Leader in Me process, according to the organization’s website. The process is being implemented in nearly 700 schools worldwide.
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