Kids learn leadership skills through Disney World program - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Kids learn leadership skills through Disney World program

Source: Pollyanna Buff Source: Pollyanna Buff
IRMO, SC (WIS) -

 A program offered through Walt Disney World teaches kids how to become future leaders while they're riding Pirates of the Caribbean or Space Mountain.

Kids from throughout the Midlands and throughout the world are invited to participate in the BOLT program, or Building Leaders for Tomorrow. It's offered through Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence.

The invitation is open for students rising 4th - 12th grades. This summer the kids will attend from July 14-17. The goal is to teach kids the skills they need to be good community leaders.

"You've learned about teamwork. You've learned about communication." said Pollyanna Buff, Irmo Elementary School 4th grade teacher and coordinator of the BOLT program."Let's reinforce this and then what are you going to do now that you go back to your community? We want to instill these tings to the kids, so that when they get back, they'll feel the power and the self worth of, you know, 'I can do this,' and 'I can make a difference.'"

Buff said kids come home inspired.

"There have been some kids who have come back and asked for grant money in Chapin and they have built a garden," she said. "It's not just the big things. But it's the tiny things that, you know, start out as, 'This is what I feel is needed in my school or in my community' and they take it from there."

"It was really awesome because I got to meet new people and I got to figure out how other people are like, not just at the school," said 5th grader Jessica King, who attended the BOLT program two years ago. 

"I learned how to be a great leader and I learned how to work with a team and how to listen to other people's ideas before I decided that whoever's was the best," she said. 

King said the program helped her prepare for a career, which she said would be "probably a lawyer."

"It will help me get a good job," she said. "It will help me with job interviews and it will help me with, like, my career."

Kids are responsible for paying for their participation in the program, which comes at a cost, but Buff said grant money may be available. Kids also can do their own fundraisers. Buff said some parents make the program part of their family vacation to Disney World.

Click here for more information on the program. Schools interested in participating can find information here, too. Students in the Lexington-Richland 5 School District qualify for a discount.

Copyright 2015 WIS. All rights reserved. 

  • Inside WISTV.comMore>>

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

    Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:00 PM EDT2018-06-19 16:00:59 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 9:14 AM EDT2018-06-22 13:14:30 GMT
    (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File). FILE - This is a Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2008 file photo, showing a general view of the Human Rights Room (Room XX) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomats say the United...(Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File). FILE - This is a Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2008 file photo, showing a general view of the Human Rights Room (Room XX) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomats say the United...
    The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution.More >>
    The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution.More >>
  • 'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:20 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:20:32 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 9:14 AM EDT2018-06-22 13:14:19 GMT
    (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...(U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their...More >>
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.More >>
  • Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

    Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 6:00 AM EDT2018-06-19 10:00:39 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 9:13 AM EDT2018-06-22 13:13:41 GMT
    (Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms.(Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms.
    (Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms. For decades, he had a number for a name, Unknown X-9...(Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms. For decades, he had a number for a name, Unknown X-9...

    For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred.

    More >>

    For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly