LeGore fifth-grader Leslie Cervantes was among student leaders interviewed in March 2020 a part of LeGore's designation as a Lighthouse School in the Leader in Me program.
The two-year certification has been awarded to about 300 schools worldwide.
Leader In Me adapts lessons from Stephen R. Covey’s landmark book “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People” to promote achievement and develop well-rounded learners and life-ready leaders. The program, active in multiple countries, includes training for teachers, staff and family to strengthen student academic outcomes and social-emotional growth.
LeGore was the first school in El Monte City School District to adopt the Leader in Me program in 2016-17. A year later, the program was launched across the District.
Leader in Me representatives reviewed LeGore’s academic improvements, demonstrated by soaring scores on state standardized tests and its designation as a 2020 California Distinguished School, as well as the culture of kindness that has taken root on campus.
Then, the group visited the school to talk to students, teachers, staff and parents.
Leslie told the Leader in Me review team how LeGore students collaborate on school improvements and how one of her favorite habits is Be proactive.
“It means to do something without someone telling you – like when my little brother doesn’t want to pick up his toys, I’ll pick them up for him,” Leslie said.
She has served as a tour guide at the school’s annual Leadership Day and organized dances and other events as part of the program. She said the Lighthouse award is a special honor.
“It shows that we work hard at our school and that we’re leaders.”