Lemonade, Kittens and Art, Oh My!

Growing Leaders One Child at a Time Last Updated: 6/3/2021 7:40 PM

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Students at Cheat Lake Elementary took their passions to the next level with their “7 Habits” Service Projects – they gave back to their school and community.  Following the guidance of The 7 Habits of Happy Kids and Highly Effective People, students decided as a class how, and whom, to serve. Each day students begin and end the day by participating in a 7 Habits lesson centered around one habit.  

Through the process, students and staff learned an important tenant of leadership - service to others. Service projects kicked off with a school-wide celebration and festivities on Earth Day (April 22nd).  Since then, each Friday held a block of time dedicated to working on the projects. Monongalia County Distance Learners returned to join the fun, visit with their classmates, and work together with fellow distance students.   

Check out these amazing projects! 

Kindergarten – Students painted rocks for the front gardens and made bird feeders/houses.

First Grade – Students collected food and toys to donate to the Preston County Animal Shelter, presented a check, cat food and toys to the Davis Kitten Crew, wrote thank you letters to adoptive pet families, and raised money to help pay for emergency veterinarian bills.

Second Grade – Students constructed vibrant flower pens with inspirational quotes for Cheat Lake teachers.  They wrote letters to the incoming second graders for step-up day, giving them a heads-up what to expect next year.  Students made sensory bottles with positive thoughts to be delivered to special education teachers and counselors.  They also made cards for soldiers, police officers and residents of local nursing homes.  They picked up litter and finished a recycling project. Distance Learners worked on a butterfly sanctuary.      

Third Grade – Students wrote cards and poems for nursing home residents, adopted an outdoor area to maintain -- planted flowers and painted the rocks, picked up litter, made pinecone birdfeeders for the school grounds and created cards for the 5th graders ready to step up to middle school. 

Fourth Grade – Students raised money by doing chores at home to purchase 2 outdoor benches and a plant for the playground area.  They knotted together fleece blankets for the NICU at WVU Medicine, planted a shrub and raised money for for a piece of playground equipment by opening a curbside lemonade stand at end of the day pick-up,  

Fifth Grade - Students painted hallway ceiling tiles based on The 7 Habits of Happy Kids and added a Wax Museum.  Distance learners made seed bombs and ice cream cone bird feeders.   

The Related Arts Team painted “7 Habits” murals in the music room and lower gymnasium

The Support Staff printed and framed 30 posters of influential and inspirational people in history to be installed in the hallway as “Leaders who inspire us.”  In addition, they created “polite word” 7 Habits artwork for each floor of the building.  The staff also will have a surprise for parent volunteers…shhhhh!   

“I am so very proud of these kids!”  -- Kristi Mullenax, Assistant Principal