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‘Leadership Day’ spotlights success of Leader in Me program at Holly El Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Wednesday, May 22 2013

Principal Franklin Cox

HOLLY, Michigan – Staff and students of Holly Elementary School pulled out all the stops on Wednesday as they celebrated “Leadership Day,” a day in which the school touted it’s Leader in Me school status, and showed nearly 60 teachers, administrators, community leaders, state officials, and others what they have learned, and how successful the program has been in its first year.

Holly Elementary School Principal, Franklin Cox, said he was tipped off about the Leader in Me program last year by soon-to-be Superintendent, Dave Nuss.  Cox and a group of teachers and parents traveled to Leadership Day at Beaumont Elementary School last spring, and soon after, got the ball rolling in Holly.

Last year, Holly Elementary School was one of 60 schools in North America to receive a $50,000 grant for the Leader in Me program, through the I Am A Leader Foundation. The funding, Cox said, will be used for Leader in Me training over the next few years.

There's a 'Leader in Everyone' at Holly Elementary School Print
Written by Anna Troppens
Friday, October 05 2012

Steve Yauch, client partner wi...

HOLLY, Michigan - Every student is a leader in something. That’s one of the principles Holly Elementary School is embracing, as part of “The Leader in Me,” program, Steve Yauch, of FranklinCovey said Thursday. The Leader in Me is a school-wide process to develop students and staff as leaders, using The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Holly Elementary School is one of 60 schools in the U.S., and one of two in Michigan to be chosen by its likelihood of becoming a Lighthouse School, Yauch said. Beaumont Elementary, in Waterford, has become a Lighthouse School, and he said he hopes Holly Elementary will become one, too. School staff has come together and are passionate about The Leader in Me program, something Yauch says is a real honor to be chosen for the grant, which requires support from the school district.

Federally-funded summer food program comes to Holly Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Thursday, May 17 2012

Kent Barnes, Superintendent fo...

HOLLY, Michigan – Thanks to a federally-funded summer nutrition program, Holly area students will be eligible to grab a free lunch five days a week at Holly Elementary School throughout the summer.

Beginning on Friday, June 11, Chartwells Director of Dining Services, Evol Gazzarato said the Summer Food Services Program will be available Monday through Friday to all students 18 and younger. Lunch will be served daily from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

“The child does not have to qualify for free or reduced lunches nor does the child need to attend Holly Area Schools,” Gazzarato said. “We will not even ask for the child’s name as he or she walks through the line – the lunch served will meet all of our current nutritional standards and the NSLP/USDA guidelines.”

‘Spell-bound’ for regionals Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Thursday, January 19 2012

Winner Kyle Noren and runner-u...

HOLLY, Michigan – For Holly Elementary School sixth grader, Kyle Noren, the regional round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee promises to be “fascinating!”

Kyle, 11, won the school’s annual spelling bee on Thursday, edging out super-speller, fellow classmate and friend, Phillip Aderholdt, also 11.

Following Kyle’s correct spelling of the word “fascinating,” the pressure was on Phillip to correctly spell the next word – “livelihood.”  After coming up a vowel or two short, it was Kyle who became the 2012 Holly Elementary School Spelling Bee Champ.  Phillip will serve as the school’s runner-up.

Holly El students enjoy author visit Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Monday, June 13 2011

Matt Steiner

HOLLY, Michigan – By day, he’s a journalist for the Colorado Springs Gazette, but on the side, he’s proud to say he’s a children’s fiction author.

Michigan native Matt Steiner, 39 paid a visit Holly Elementary School on Monday, sharing his new book, “Mission Possible,” with third, fourth and fifth grade students, and answering a barrage of questions about the book and his experiences as a journalist.

Published by iUniverse this year, “Mission Possible” tells the story of Tommy Ketchum and his brother, Travis as they – along with their neighborhood gang of pals – try to reclaim “’Ol Blue,” a favorite baseball bat snatched by bully Bart Woods, “The Menace of Mt. Vernon.”

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