PIQUA — Piqua Central Intermediate School (PCIS) is continuing to encourage their students to be the best version of themselves that they can possibly be, and on Monday they encouraged them with cinnamon rolls.
PCIS held their second quarter Breakfast of Champions event Monday morning, inviting parents to have breakfast with their kids who had both good grades and behavior.
The breakfast featured fruit and cinnamon rolls thanks to the school’s kitchen staff along with coffee from Winans. The school also thanked Walmart and Crayex for helping to sponsor the event.
Mayor of Piqua Kazy Hinds attended the breakfast to talk to the students about leadership qualities and how those in attendance possessed them.
Hinds asked the students what they thought the definition of a leader was, and they responded by saying a leader was someone who was responsible, hardworking, and role model.
“You guys are definitely leaders because you know what a leader is,” Hinds said. When another student said a leader was someone who was kind,” Hinds said, “In the world we live in today, being kind is very, very important.”
Hinds asked the students for examples of leaders, and they did not have to go far to find them. The kids gave answers of their parents, other family members, teachers, coaches, and school administrators.
Hinds also discussed the importance of having leaders to help guide people.
“If we didn’t have a leader on a trip, where would we be? We’d be lost,” Hinds said. “You are important. You have traits that we need.”
Hinds then went over some of those traits, which included doing the right thing without being asked, helping others in need, and guiding others on the right path.
When discussing guiding others, Hinds used the example of the kids seeing a friend doing something bad. A leader would let their friend knowing that it is bad and help that friend to change.
“A leader speaks up to them,” Hinds said. Hinds said that they were good role models and that others learn from their actions.
“I learn from you because I see what you’re doing,” Hinds said.
Hinds went over the importance of thinking of leadership more as a verb than as a noun, encouraging the students to live out their leadership skills through their actions. She then had the students say together, “I am a doer. I am a helper. I am a leader.”
Hinds returned to going over traits of leaders, including having enthusiasm, being prepared, communicating well, listening to others, being caring, being dependable, working in cooperation with others, and being committed.
Hinds encouraged the students to embrace those qualities and to live out the famous Mahatma Gandhi quote, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world,” in their own lives.
“We need to be that change … The way we walk speaks way more louder than the way we talk,” Hinds said. She ended on a quote from Kid President, saying, “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody.”
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