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Cheviot School Students Shine at Leader in Me Symposium

Cheviot School students are leading the way! Around 35 students in grades 3- 6 served as student hosts and performers at the Leader in Me (LIM) Bowling Green Symposium in March, which brought together schools from across the country participating in FranklinCovey’s LIM program.

LIM is a global program based on Dr. Stephen Covey’s "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” Cheviot is one of several CPS schools participating in the program and is both the first LIM school from Southwest Ohio and the first member in the entire state to receive its Lighthouse Certification, a distinction earned by schools that are committed to LIM’s leadership principles.

Music teacher Lederrick Wesley selected the student attendees. “We were very excited to represent not only our school but our fellow CPS Leader in Me schools as well,” Wesley said.

Wesley taught all Cheviot School students a special version of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” this year, and his group was eager to sing it one more time in front of more than 500 new faces. Wesley told his students to smile and bring the energy if they had trouble remembering the words because showcasing their personalities was most important – good advice considering they received a standing ovation.

The focus of the trip wasn’t the performance, however, but instead Wesley’s students being exposed to like-minded people with unique backgrounds and perspectives.

“It was great to get the kids out of the city and go to another state where they can experience people from across the country,” Wesley said. “They got to see firsthand that there are schools like us where kids are learning these leadership qualities.”

The event also included keynote speakers, leadership workshops, local school visits and networking opportunities. New experiences like this forged by wonderful platforms like LIM help “make the world a better place” for students at Cheviot, all of CPS and throughout the world.

“It opened them up to so much because we are in Cincinnati, but this is worldwide and nationwide - not just our school,” Wesley said.