Marion County Middle School held its first Sharpen Your Saw Friday events with students participating in a variety of clubs and activities designed to build students’ mind, heart, body, and soul. Sharpen Your Saw is one of the seven habits outlined as a part of the LEAD program, which builds leadership qualities in young people. Marion County Middle School became a LEAD program school this year.
“We really want to focus on giving students the opportunity to build leadership qualities and have an educational experience that extends beyond just sitting in the classroom,” MCMS principal Buffy Mann said. “This is the way you build meaningful relationships with students and so far Sharpen Your Saw Friday has done exactly that.”
Among the day’s activities, science teacher Cody Farmer led a Martial Arts class outside during the morning session. Farmer is also a martial arts instructor outside of school.
“When we came back in after finishing I heard kids saying, ‘I feel so much better now’ and ‘I wish we could do this every day,’” Farmer said. “They really seemed to enjoy it and they also seemed much more calm and at ease afterward.”
Other activities offered during the first Sharpen Your Saw Friday included lessons on producing podcasts, learning sign language, and honing archery skills, among others.
Students were given the option to sign up for any of the options and will rotate through various classes during the school year.
“This has been a really successful first day [of this program],” assistant principal Coury Osbourne said. “I was able to make it around to several of the activities and more than anything else I saw a lot of kids really engaged and excited to be at school.”