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CEDAR FALLS — St. Patrick Catholic School has become the first school in Cedar Falls, the eighth in Iowa, and the first Catholic school in the state to achieve Leader in Me Lighthouse School status.

The school joins only 323 schools worldwide that have met this benchmark.

“We are truly humbled by the milestone that we have worked so hard to achieve,” said Principal Bev Mach. “Becoming a Lighthouse School seemed so far out of our reach a few short years ago.”

The Leader in Me program is based on Dr. Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The habits students learn are to be proactive, to begin with the end in mind, to put first things first, to think win-win, to seek first to understand then to be understood, to synergize and to sharpen the saw.

The program is integrated into the curriculum and complements the school’s emphasis on faith, values and service. Students put the habits into action, set personal and academic goals, and have a voice in their school. They have jobs and learn how to work together, preparing them for challenges ahead in the academic and working worlds.

In March a review team from Franklin Covey visited St. Patrick to evaluate the school in the three areas of leadership, culture and academics.

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