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This is the image for the news article titled MNS Leadership Day 2015 Nearly 50 representatives from six schools and three states attended the first Leadership Day at Mitchell-Neilson Schools on Friday.

"It's a great chance for us to show off all the great things that are happening at Mitchell-Neilson Schools," said Principal Robin Newell, who implemented the "Leader in Me" programming last school year.

She learned about "Leader in Me" after visiting a school in Kentucky,so she wanted to give the same sort of opportunity for other schools and introduce educators to Mitchell-Neilson's approach to the program, which is based on Steven Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People."

Guests received tours of the primary and elementary schools, where they could observe how teachers were able to use the seven principles within the regular educational curriculum. Also offered was a question-and-answer panel through which educators were able to interact with students who served as ambassadors.

The program serves as "a school transformation process of discovering and developing leadership potential in students, staff and parents," said keynote speaker Jonathan Catherman, senior lead consultant with FranklinCovey, which produces the "Leader in Me" curriculum.

"It's a school-wide program and everybody is deeply immersed in it. The teachers do the seven habits, and we have accountability with that, as well as the kids," said Jennifer Burkes, a school counselor at Mitchell-Neilson.

"We think empowering kids as early as possible will help them throughout their lives," Burkes said. "Some people say not everybody can be a leader. But we're not talking about everybody being a CEO. We're talking about everybody being the leader in their own life. So yes, everybody can be a leader."

Workbooks serve as a guideline, and the entire school focuses on a different habit each week, but "it's not something they just do in the morning. It's integrated into everything they do," Newell said.

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