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Speaker part of character-building curriculum at La Crosse area schools
ONALASKA — John Norlin is hell-bent on teaching students how to improve the atmosphere in their schools, communities and, eventually, the world — one webby at a time.
Norlin, a teacher, motivational speaker and leadership consultant from Sumner, Wash., told 930 students and 60 teachers and other staffers at Onalaska High School Thursday that a simple handshake is one of the easiest ways to establish relationships.
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John Norlin sat in the audience as the speaker on stage asked the 1,200 students in attendance a profound question. “How many of you have had a parent or guardian at the end of the day, ask you “What did you do for others today?”
Only 2 students raised their hands.
New curriculum brings servant leadership to middle and high school students
A new curriculum introduced at local schools is testing kids on more than just what is on paper.
The 'Character Lives' program reinforces the importance of compassion and servant leadership. At Onalaska High School, students and staff have embraced the new material.
"What are we doing to teach students more than just the academic core classes,which are important," said John Norlin, Co-founder of the 'Character Strong' program. "What the research is coming out and showing heavily is that students need more than that. They also need the character traits, the social and emotional skills."