FOL Students Practice Servant Leadership

November 17, 2012

All 9th graders at Lexington High School participate in a Fundamentals of Leadership (FOL) course.  This course is designed to enhance and support the learning experiences of 9th grade students to become knowledgeable, responsible, and caring students as they transition into high school.  Students are active partners in creating an environment that both promotes strategies for academic success and excellence, and also integrates social and emotional learning.  The curriculum is designed to emphasize the acquisition and utilization of leadership traits and qualities as well as literacy skills.

This fall, students have been learning about and practicing servant leadership skills. A servant leader is someone who is servant first, who has responsibility to be in the world, and so he contributes to the well being of people and community.  This leadership philosophy suggests a comprehensive view of the quality of people, work and community spirit.  It requires an understanding of identity, mission, vision and environment.   Qualities of a servant leader include empathy, active listening, awareness, conceptualization, persuasion, healing, foresight, and stewardship.

Each FOL class recently participated in a "Lexington Parks Clean Up Day" where all 9th grade students helped their community by picking up trash, pulling weeds, and re-painting picnic tables and other structures throughout select parks and public areas.  Ms. Archer's FOL class diligently worked to beautify Oak Park by picking up trash, organizing equipment, and adding a fresh coat of paint to bathroom facilities and picnic tables.  Student, Margarita Penaflor, remarked about the event, "It is very important to give back to our community and help others.  It is a real honor to participate in service leadership projects."

In addition to the whole 9th grade servant leadership Parks Clean-Up, each FOL team has selected other philanthropic projects/events to participate in or sponsor.  Presently, Ms. Archer's FOL team is collecting items to include in shoebox gifts for needy children in other countries through Operation Christmas Child.  So far, students have gathered items and wrapped shoeboxes for 18 different children between the ages of 2 and 14 years old.  If you would like to contribute, please contact Ms. Archer at the high school or go on-line to and click on Operation Christmas Child.