Kids challenge parents to lead by example

Posted at 1:24 PM, Feb 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-13 13:24:46-05

HASTINGS, Mich. – Middle school students in Hastings got up bright and early today for a lesson in leadership, and to challenge their parents to lead by example.

Thanks to the Teen Leadership pilot class that’s helping students develop real world skills, including how to make eye-contact with a firm handshake, and treating others respectfully. The goal is to help kids develop better relationships with other students so they can do better academically and socially within their district.

Now, they’re taking what they’ve learned in school and giving back to the community. The kids are showing their appreciation for parents while stepping out of their comfort zone and doing things for other people.

Friday, students handed out free coffee, hot-chocolate, and mints with challenges tied around them; encouraging car-pooling parents to pay it forward during their work day.

Becky Wigg, Teacher of the Teen-Leadership class, believes the children are well engaged when it comes to treating others with respect.

“I love it, they’ve learned tons of social skills and learned how to be outgoing,” said Wigg. “They know how to introduce themselves and talk to people.