Burnside Elementary School is Empowering Students to Lead!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 17, 2017

Richland County School District One’s Annie Burnside Elementary is a “Leader In Me” school. Its students are taught using The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, concepts first introduced in 1989 by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, with his business and self-help book of the same name, and developed into a successful curriculum for schools by the FranklinCovey Education company.











The Leader In Me program is designed to transform schools by creating a culture of student empowerment, based on the idea that every student can become an effective leader. The proven techniques of Leader In Me help organizations and individuals achieve greatness by incorporating the following “Habits” into daily life:

Habit 1:  Be Proactive: You’re in charge
Habit 2:  Begin with the End in Mind: Have a plan
Habit 3:  Put First Things First: Work first, then play
Habit 4:  Think Win Win: Everyone Can Win
Habit 5:  Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood: Listen before you talk
Habit 6:  Synergize: Together is Better
Habit 7:  Sharpen the Saw: Balance is Best










“Leadership Day” is held once a year, by elementary schools going through the Leader in Me process. Burnside’s 2nd Annual Leadership Day took place on April 6, 2017, and showcased the “Bees’” leadership skills, as Burnside staff shared their Leader In Me success stories.

“South Carolina schools, and particularly those in Richland County, are breaking new ground in their efforts to prepare our kids for tomorrow,” says Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes. McGuinn’s Burnside Farms community of homes is in Richland County, and zoned for Burnside Elementary. “The Leader in Me program is another example of Richland One’s commitment to students’ overall well-being, by teaching them not only skills they’ll need to go forward in their education, but to succeed in life.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

McGuinn Homes

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