The Bosch Community Fund awarded a $9,950 grant to Craven County Schools to support the “Leader in Me – Leading the Way” program at Vanceboro Farm Life ElementarySchool.

Dan Palimetakis, principal at Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary School (VFL), explains, “The “Leader in Me” is a philosophy in academic learning which provides a holistic, school-wide experience. It creates a common language and culture with commonplace, age-appropriate ways to integrate the principles of personal leadership and effectiveness into core subjects and curriculum.  Leader in Me schools report a decline in discipline problems along with an increase in student, parent and teacher satisfaction, common language, and parent engagement.”

“We are excited to have the opportunity to support Craven County Schools implementation of an evidence-based model that uses teaching practices to promote social and emotional learning for students in kindergarten through sixth grade,” saidDavid Dysinger, Vice President Dishwasher Product Division, at BSH Home Appliances Corporation. “Creating ways to boost youth leadership development is a win-win for the future of the community and for Bosch.”

Darlene Brown, executive director, Partners In Education, said, “The teachers and staff at VFL have proven they are engaged in ongoing learning and development as leaders, while championing leadership for their school. They are eager to fully deploy this program. The 2020-21 school year will be their third year of implementation. Learning will look different for all our students going forward and executing Leader in Me principles will be important now, more than ever.”

The Bosch Community Fund is the corporate foundation for Bosch in North America. The Fund has awarded more than $28 million in grants to various 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions in over 45 Bosch site locations. Established in 2011, the Bosch Community Fund focuses primarily on the enrichment of science, technology, engineeringand math (STEM) education, the advancement of environmental sustainability initiatives and eco+STEM, a cross-section of the two.

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