Second graders at Maricopa Elementary get set to perform during Leadership Day. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The scholars at Maricopa Elementary School had a chance to toot their own horns Friday as parents and community members gathered for Leadership Day.

Children spoke about the school’s “Leader in Me” program, an adaptation of “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids” by Stephen and Sean Covey. They also performed some rap and rock to celebrate what they’ve learned during the year and demonstrated physical exercises.

Principal Jennifer Robinson said the school is in the process of becoming a Lighthouse school. That milestone in the Leader in Me program indicates student achievement and is a five-year process focusing on leadership, culture and academics. There are currently 310 Lighthouse schools in the world but only two in Arizona.

“Soon there will be three,” Robinson said.

The program encourages placing students in leadership positions. Friday, the students oversaw welcoming and signing in visitors, explaining the clubs and activities displayed in the courtyard and leading tours of the facility.

The seven habits:

1) Be proactive
2) Begin with the end in mind
3) Put first things first
4) Think win-win
5) Seek first to understand and then to be understood
6) Synergize
7) Sharpen the saw