Leadership Rocky Mount, a nine-month community development program designed to acquaint community leaders or young professionals with issues and challenges in the Rocky Mount-Nash-Edgecombe area, visited Edgecombe County Public Schools on Dec. 5 as part of their Education Day.
The group of about 15 participants arrived at W.A. Pattillo School where they were greeted by student volunteers and accompanied to the media center. There, they were introduced to Principal Ronda Sortino and key staff members and learned more about the school and The Leader in Me Program, a program that was sponsored by the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce. Sortino also shared current successful programs at Pattillo such as Breakfast in the Classroom.
Following the session in the media center, the group visited a classroom in each grade level and toured other parts of the school before enjoying snacks and taking a “Kagan Break” During the “Kagan Break” all the teachers, members of Leadership Rocky Mount and the students did an exercise that involved holding hands and keeping a balloon afloat as a team-building activity. The activity is one of many that ECPS instructors learned during the Kagan Training to keep students active and engaged.
The students then took the floor to tell everyone about The Leader in Me Program the program’s seven habits that are practiced every day throughout the school, giving examples of how each applies to everyday life.
Following the time at Pattillo, the group visited the Edgecombe County Public Schools Central Office and heard from the directors in the Educational Program Services department along with Superintendent John Farrelly about current happenings at ECPS and successful practices currently underway in each school.