Taylor County Middle School offers a new course to help create leaders


PRUNTYTOWN—A new school year has kicked off, and one local school is offering a new course to help student develop skills that will last a lifetime.

School Counselor and Instructor for the newly inducted Leadership Development Course, Jerry Dooley, shared that over summer they developed the course for a group of eight grade students.

This year, Taylor County Middle School will be offering a new and different class for a small group of eight grade students during the Creative Arts block entitled “Leadership Development”

“This is a pilot program, and should we succeed, we would like to open it to all eighth grade students,” he voiced. “The purpose of the course is to embolden and enable students to become change agents here and now.”

Throughout the course, students will learn to teach, train and develop the skills and behaviors of good leadership, including understanding leadership styles, goal setting, time management, communication skills, human relations, managerial skills and project management.

“We are really excited about this class, and we believe that this has the potential for students to realize and live out the TCMS motto of realizing your greatest potential,” voiced Dooley.

He shared that the goal of this class is to develop student leaders that positively represent the voices of the school, selflessly serving students and staff, while reaching the community. 

“Leadership will support the student body by being positive examples and providing a fun, exciting atmosphere in which all students feel involved,” he expressed.

The high mark of this course is a trip to Mingo County, WV, a trip that is in cooperation with the Mingo County Board of Education.

While there, students will explore the opioid epidemic, WV Coal Wars, Appalachian culture, poverty and more. 

Students will depart from the middle school on April 6, 2020 and return to the school April 10, 2020. Students will be staying at the Matewan House Bed and Breakfast and also at cabins in Fayetteville during the trip.

Dooley explained that while on the trip, the group of students will have a round table discussion with a group of eighth grade students from Matewan and Williamson.

During the discussion, the students will to share their problems within their communities and then how they can work towards change as eighth grade students. 

Dooley revealed that the projected amount for the trip is $3,500 for all 30 students.

To help with the cost of the trip, he explained that they will hold a Silent Auction fundraiser on Saturday, September 21, at the middle school from 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Dooley reported that they currently have some great items that will be auctioned including a Nick Saban autographed Alabama football, tethered hot air balloon rides, two round trip tickets from Morgantown Airport to either Pittsburgh or Baltimore/Washington, Pittsburgh ballet tickets to this year’s Nutcracker, symphony on ice in Wheeling in conjunction with the WV Symphony and much more.

To help make this amazing trip possible for students, Dooley is asking the community to please come out to the school and check out the auction.

In addition, they are also looking for more items for the auction. Any business or individuals that would like to help may contact Dooley at [email protected].

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