Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Opinion

June 19, 2014

OUR VIEW: This leadership program is all C.L.A.S.S.

On Tuesday, more than 100 local students spent the day examining, analyzing and discovering what it takes to be a leader in their community as part of the 2014 C.L.A.S.S Student Leadership Summit. First the students — grades four through six — gathered at Goshen Middle School and were split into 10 small groups.

Each group was assigned a local business to research together. The groups then visited those businesses, which included, two Goshen Fire Department stations, Interra Credit Union, IU Health Goshen, Greencroft and The Goshen News.

THE STUDENTS’ mission during those hour-long visits was to observe how the “Three Cs” of leadership — caring, communication and cooperation — are practiced in these businesses from day to day. A group of about 10 well-behaved, inquisitive students from Goshen’s Parkside Elementary and Goshen Middle schools, visited The Goshen News on Tuesday.

Managing Editor Michael Wanbaugh walked the students around the building and explained what each person in the newsroom does. Like any good journalist, each student asked a question at some point during the visit. “How long does it take to write a story?” “Do you have meetings to decide what will be in the paper?” “How do you know which stories to write?” After each answer, the students would carefully record notes on the clipboard they carried.

Wanbaugh talked about the advancing technology in journalism and how news is distributed in multiple platforms through print, websites and social media. Meanwhile the students marveled at the old Remington Standard manual typewriter kept in the newsroom as decoration, and took great joy in punching its keys.

AFTER EACH GROUP’S visit, the student’s returned to Goshen Middle School to process the information they had gathered and prepare a presentation later in the afternoon for their parents. It was a full day of work. And that’s what leaders do. They work at obtaining knowledge. They work at communicating that knowledge. They work at cooperating with their peers. And they care about making their community a better place each day.

We’d like to thank all the organizers and volunteers of the 2014 C.L.A.S.S. Student Leadership Summit for their efforts. It was inspiring to witness the qualities of leadership in so many young faces. And it refreshing to be reminded how those qualities come about in our own work.

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