Sean Covey visits HHSD Posted October 15, 2009 by admin


October 15, 2009

Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation hosts day of activities for schools, community with author/businessman Sean Covey

The Hatboro-Horsham community got to hear first hand the message of author and businessman Sean Covey whose mission is to “inspire greatness in youth,” when the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation brought him to the district Oct. 15.

Covey, senior vice president of innovations and products at FranklinCovey, a world-renowned organization devoted to helping individuals, schools and businesses achieve greatness, is the author of “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids,” and “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.”

As part of a “One Book, One-School, One-Community” initiative, the foundation arranged a day of activities with Covey designed to engage teachers, administrators, parents, the business community – and the students themselves – in strategies to create schools where “everyone’s a leader” and where skills beyond the “3Rs” are honed.

Covey addressed third and fourth grade students across the district, who read “The Seven Habits of Happy Kids” and freshmen and sophomores who read, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens.” He also met with teachers and administrators who, as part of the district’s strategic plan, are working with a framework for 21st Century learning, which includes life and career skills such as initiative, responsibility, self-direction, personal productivity, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, as well as cross-cultural skills.

Covey’s message – and that in the book, “The Leader in Me,” written by his father, Stephen R. Covey – fit with the district’s strategic plan to develop positive school climates, including social and personal responsibilities, according to Steve Glaize, principal at Hallowell Elementary School in Horsham, who, after obtaining an Innovative Learning Grant from the foundation, spearheaded the effort to bring Covey to the district.

The Foundation also hosted a luncheon with Covey at the Manor House at Commonwealth National Golf Club for business and community leaders. Covey discussed the importance of employers working with the schools to identify skills needed to do business in the 21st Century and he shared the success stories of students who are thriving educationally and personally having incorporated the “Seven Habits” into their daily lives.

That evening, parents and members of the community got to meet Covey at a reception the foundation hosted at Simmons Elementary School preceding Covey’s address, “The Leader in Me,” in the school’s Forum.

The Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to encourage excellence and to enhance and enrich educational opportunities offered to the students of the Hatboro-Horsham School District, have made all the Covey books available at the Hatboro Union Library and the Horsham Township Library. For additional information about the foundation, its programs and upcoming event, visit

Sean Covey talks with elementary school students about the principals in
“The Seven Habits of Happy Kids.”

From Covey in-service day

7 Habits of Happy Kids…Steve Glaize, principal at Hallowell Elementary School in Horsham, reviews the fundamentals of “7 Habits of Happy Kids,” by Sean Covey at a recent in-service workshop for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers in the Hatboro-Horsham School District whose students will read the book this month. As part of a day of activities sponsored by the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation, Covey will visit the district Oct. 15 to meet with teachers and administrators, talk to students, speak at a luncheon for area business people and at a community forum in the evening. With Glaize are, from left: JoAnn Evans, Crooked Billet Elementary School, Hatboro; Judy Johnson, Cheri Arnaiz, and Nicole Miletto, Hallowell Elementary School, Horsham; and Sharon Mirabelli, Pennypack Elementary School, Hatboro. For additional information or to attend the luncheon or community forum, visit or call the foundation at 215-420-5261. Photo by Nancy Tirrell Paravano

From Covey reception

Members of the Smith family of Horsham get a chance to talk with Sean Covey, at left, at a reception prior to his address to the community at Simmons Elementary School, Horsham. With Covey, from left, are: Joshua, a student at Pennypack Elementary School, Hatboro; his brother Kenneth, who attends Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham; their mom, Kocoa Smith; and Jon Viscounte, president of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation (HHEF) which sponsored Covey’s visit and the reception. Photo by Nancy Tirrell Paravano