Tayleigh Johnson and Warren Picklesimer lead a tour of Rykers’ Ridge Elementary School. (Staff photo by Phyllis McLaughlin/pmclaughlin@madisoncourier.com)
Tayleigh Johnson and Warren Picklesimer lead a tour of Rykers’ Ridge Elementary School. (Staff photo by Phyllis McLaughlin/pmclaughlin@madisoncourier.com)
Rykers’ Ridge Elementary students flexed their organizational muscles Friday, hosting the school’s third annual Leadership Day for visitors who represented business, industry, government and even another school district.

Elementary school teachers from Gallatin County, Ky., who also use the Leader in Me program, were there to compare how Rykers’ program compares with their own.

The morning started with breakfast, after which master of ceremonies Bodie Harson explained the Leader in Me program and how it uses the “The 7 Habits of Happy kids,” a book by Sean Covey, inspired by “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” written by his father, Stephen R. Covey.

Those habits are “Be Proactive; Begin with the End in Mind; Put First Things First; Think Win-Win; Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood; Synergize (work together); and Sharpen the Saw.”

Students then made presentations. Afterward, the adults were divided into groups that were led by two student guides to various stations around the school that further explained how the students all learn to be leaders in the school and out in the world.