FOL Students Experience Servant Leadership

November 30, 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.

Each year, FOL students learn about and practice 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.

Recently, Mrs. Archer and Mr. Patocka’s FOL team ‘rapped up’ their latest philanthropic project – participating in Samaritan’s Purse, “Operation Christmas Child”.  Students donated and wrapped shoeboxes in holiday paper, then purchased/gathered items to include in their shoebox gifts.  Gift items included various school supplies, personal hygiene items, small toys and stuffed animals, clothing, and other specially selected treasures.  These students generously created 33 different shoebox gifts for children between the ages of 2 and 14 years old.  Also included with each gift was a personal letter written by the FOL students, as well as a photograph of these LHS ninth graders.  The gifts are being sent to children in need in other countries around the world.  Student, Michael Green, remarked about this project, “Participating in Operation Christmas Child was awesome – we all contributed to the project.  It really brought our FOL team together.  It helped us practice our leadership skills and hopefully make a positive difference in some kids lives.  It is a real honor to participate in service leadership projects.”