Do you consider yourself an asset builder?
Director of the Logan County Family and Children First Council Stacey Logwood told the entire staff of Indian Lake Schools that they can add this to their list of skills after extensive training during their Nov. 2 workday.
Earlier this year, Indian Lake Schools was awarded a Community Connectors Grant for nearly $33,000 through Consolidated Care. The first part of the grant focuses on teaching students the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets. These qualities, ranging from positive values to social competence, are identified as being the building blocks of development that help young people grow up healthy, caring and responsible.
Logwood detailed the 40 Assets and worked with the large group to identify who are the main influences on our young people. “If there is an absence of family support, who is next layer of influence? Teachers,“ she told the group. Then Logwood separated the staff into smaller teams to identify how adults had a positive influence on their adolescence. Staff from the elementary, middle and high schools met later in the day to discuss how they will incorporate the 40 assets into their everyday teaching routine.
The second part of the Community Connectors grant is to pair middle school students with mentors from local businesses and organizations. Indian Lake Middle School Co-Principal Missy Mefford said they have already identified 60 students who they believe would benefit from the mentor program. Bud Christman from Bud’s Marine and Jim Ellington from Indian Lake Community Church are spearheading the effort to find mentors. If you’d like to volunteer to work with ILMS students, you can contact Christman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.