Covey Model put into action at local school

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A school in Myrtle Beach is putting a community wide initiative into action.

The new Covey Model teaches kids seven habits of highly effective people. Faculty and staff at Myrtle Beach Intermediate School are doing karate, dancing and pottery as a way to show that learning can be fun.

The karate class shows kids how to synergize.

One student, 10-year-old Davis Goodroe, said, "Synergize is working together, helping out each other, not just being selfish and working with yourself."

The school turns into a clubhouse once a month, for an hour. Each club has a purpose and meets school standards. For example, the kids looked for worms in a classroom that is studying ecology.

Students do interviews to create their own podcasts and even the maintenance staff has stepped in to teach pottery.

Principal Dana Penick is dancing with the kids as a part of physical education.

Penick says, "The dance club that you are seeing now ties into our physical education standards. We have technology clubs that tie into our technology standards, and a lot of that is showing them it doesn't have to be classroom book work, so to speak."

There are more than 50 different clubs kids can choose from at Myrtle Beach Intermediate.

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