Vestavia Hills Living

2017

Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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34 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 2 0 1 7 V E S T A V I A H I L L S E L E M E N T A R Y C E N T R A L A character leadership program at Central is focused on developing "an entire school of student leaders," says Kellie Knight, school counselor. "We offer a variety of opportuni- ties for students to lead throughout the school year." For instance, each class produces the school's morning broadcast for one week during the school year. Each morning, two different students are asked to be anchors who share the morning announcements throughout the broadcast, using their communication skills and personality to lead the entire school, Knight says. In addition, Central's Student Advisory Committee, the school's core leadership group, includes two student representatives from each of the 34 classes. This group of 68 students leads its peers by bringing back to their class information about upcoming school events. For instance, some of the events that the committee promoted this year included a canned food drive to support a local food pantry, the City Schools Foundation's penny drive to support education, the Pennies for Polio fundraiser and a cancer fundraiser to support A-Team Ministries. In February, every class showed character leadership in the community by selecting one organization to support. Through this first annual Serve Month, Central students provided appreciation baskets for four Vestavia Hills fire stations and the police department, donations and dog toys for the Birmingham Humane Society, hygiene items for various homeless shelters, and cards for residents at Morningside of Vestavia Hills (formerly known as Chateau Vestavia retirement center). "Empowering student leaders has enhanced student academic achievement and lowered discipline concerns in our school," Knight says. "Students have learned that character and leadership go hand in hand with good citizenship and being the best that they can be in every area of life each and every day."

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