Building Lasting Impressions that Never Die (BLIND) program includes three surrounding communities beside our own. Rock Falls, Morrison, Newman and Fulton all select junior and senior students to become student leaders. Dixon High School has been a part of the BLIND program in past years.
These selected individuals attend a weekend training retreat and learn skills to teach different aspects of teamwork and leadership to incoming freshman. BLIND has already made an impact within our school [Fulton High].
Students are paying more attention to how their actions affect each other. Our 10 junior and senior BLIND leaders at FHS strongly believe this program will help our school and community, and can’t wait to watch it grow.
One key component is community service and giving back to the community. BLIND leaders spent Aug. 1 performing 2 hours of improvement work at each high school. It was a great feeling for students to help make Rock Falls, Newman and Morrison high schools look better, and then having more than 50 students from all four schools spend 2 hours in the River Bend School District was amazing.
As a high school principal, I am asked by people all the time, What is wrong with teenagers these days? I tell people every day about the amazing things our students do. What an incredible day it was, working with these students from all four area high schools. I can honestly say that was one of my proudest days as an educator.
Our BLIND leaders continue to work with all FHS freshman to help them develop important life skills categorized as developmental assets, and our sophomores to build on their training from last year.
We encourage all freshman and sophomores to wear their BLIND shirts on the first Tuesday of every month and make an effort to commit a random act of kindness for someone on those days.
Note to readers: Christopher Tennyson is Fulton High School principal and director of the Northwest Region, Illinois Principals Association.