FOL Students Practice Servant Leadership

January 11, 2016

All 9th graders at Lexington High School participate in a Foundations 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 and winter, 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/she 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 has selected various community service projects/events to participate in or sponsor.  Recently, Ms. Archer and Mr. Patocka’s FOL team gathered items to include in shoebox gifts for needy children in other countries through Operation Christmas Child.  The students donated items, wrapped shoeboxes, wrote letters, and packed gifts for 34 different children between the ages of 2 and 14 years old.  LHS student, Maria Santoyo-Hernandez, remarked about this experience, “It is very important to give back and help others.  Participating in service leadership projects like Operation Christmas Child is a real honor for me.  I am learning that effective leadership comes from caring and sharing with others and making a positive difference in the world.”

For more information regarding the Foundations of Leadership classes, please feel free to contact one of the FOL teachers or Mr. Sam Jilka, FOL program coordinator.