Kyrene de los Cerritos Leadership Academy in Ahwatukee will be hosting its Leadership Day on Thursday to showcase student achievement.

During the event, students from kindergarten to fifth grade will lead attendees on tours of classrooms, give presentations, speeches, and share their experiences about what being a leader means.

“It’s really a day of us spotlighting students,” said Darcy DiCosmo, principal at Kyrene de los Cerritos Elementary.

As a Lighthouse School candidate, Cerritos aims to exhibit nine criteria that includes a leadership environment, integrated instruction and curriculum, goal tracking, measurable results, leadership events, staff collaboration, student leadership and parent involvement.

The title of a Lighthouse School, awarded by Franklin Covey Co., honors schools with a well-rounded leadership model. There are nearly 30 Lighthouse Schools around the world, each serving as models of leadership and mentors to other schools.

Cerritos’ Leadership Day aims to do just that.

The students set up the tours and projects themselves, where most have been working on leadership skills all year.

In addition to guiding the tours, students will also perform skits and musical acts during the event.

“This is an opportunity to showcase what they do really well,” DiCosmo said about the student projects.

The event is free and open to the community, though making a reservation is recommended.

Cerritos Leadership Academy is located at 14620 S. Desert Foothills Parkway in Ahwatukee. Leadership Day is Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To RSVP, call the front desk at (480) 541-2200.


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