Quincy Grade School Receives International Recognition for Efforts
Quincy’s Blessed Sacrament Grade School has become the first Catholic institution in the United States to be named a Lighthouse School, the highest level of The Leader in Me – Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Program. Only 28 other schools worldwide have achieved the same status.
The “Seven Habits” program developed by Stephen R. Covey encourages students to develop self-discipline and self-motivation to enable them to make good decisions at home and at school, and to better deal with everyday life as they mature and grow. Those character and leadership skills have been proven to help develop leaders, which in turn strengthens communities.
The “Seven Habits” program was launched in Adams County schools through the Academic Success Initiative, sponsored primarily by local schools districts and the United Way of Adams County. George Meyer, a former Quincy school superintendent is largely credited with introducing it to the area.
“When this all started, the group was looking for a way to be proactive within schools to help develop a stronger community,” Blessed Sacrament Principal Chris Reichert told the Quincy Herald-Whig in a December interview when the designation was first announced. “The positive trickle-down effects for the community will resonate for years to come,” she added.