Polk County sixth graders spent much of the recent school year getting future ready.

The U.S. Department of Education continues to promote the “Four C’s” to prepare youth for the 21st Century workplace with the skills needed for global citizenship:

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

Sixth grade students in Polk County Middle School’s 21st CCLC After school Program participated during the recent school year in a leadership club that developed these skills. Students worked with Second Step, an evidence-based program that increases empathy, a major ingredient in leading a successful and meaningful life.

Ronette Dill, Polk County Schools Director of Curriculum and Instruction; Kim McDonald, RHA Prevention Resource Centers; Linda Greensfelder, Polk Fit, Fresh & Friendly; Caitlin Capozzi, Polk County Parks & Recreation; and Linley Foster, Director of Polk County Schools 21st CCLC After School Program worked together to implement this new program.