Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy

Our next academy will be Spring 2018.   

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ED THOMAS LEGACY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY - for 9th-12th Graders 

In the spring of 2018, the Ed Thomas Family Foundation will expand on it’s goal of keeping the legacy of Coach Ed Thomas alive. Coach Thomas was a leader whose main objective was teaching young people to “Do What’s Right”. He was a great role model who lived his life true

to the values that he taught to all. The Ed Thomas Family Foundation will provide an opportunity for high school students to strengthen their positive leadership skills and character by sponsoring the Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy.

REGISTRATION

Registration will be 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Session 1 will be at 9:00 a.m. Sessions completed by 2:00 p.m.

WHERE

TBD

FIVE SPEAKING SESSIONS

Aaron Thomas - 9:00 a.m, Guest Speaker - 10:00 a.m, Guest Speaker 2 - 10:30 a.m
Al Kerns -Lunch A - 11:10 a.m Al Kerns -Lunch B - 12:10 p.m Guest Speaker 3 - 1:10 pm

FEE

$10 per participant & supervisors: each participant (including supervisors) will receive a T-shirt, lanyard + name tag, notebook, and pen. A sack lunch with a sub, fruit, and chips will be provided for each student. Water will be available free of charge.

*Checks can be mailed to: Ed Thomas Family Foundation, P.O. Box 536, Parkersburg, IA 50665. Currently we do not have the capabilities to process credit card payments. Thank you for your understanding.

LIMIT

Each school is limited to no more than 12 student participants and 2 supervisors per school. Registration will be limited to the first 450 participants.

SPEAKERS

3 Guest Speakers to be Announced Soon

AL KERNS

Former Teacher and Coach at Aplington-Parkersburg

Al Kerns began teaching and coaching at Parkersburg High School in 1978. He retired from Aplington- Parkersburg in 2014 after 36 years of teaching. During his career at Parkersburg/ Aplington-Parkersburg, he was an assistant coach to Ed Thomas for over 30 years, and the head girls’ track coach for 29 years.

AARON THOMAS

High School Principal Aplington-Parkersburg

Aaron Thomas is the oldest son of the Late Ed Thomas. At a young age Aaron knew he wanted to go into education and coaching because he saw the impact his father was able to have on young people. Every day he witnessed the passion Ed Thomas displayed while working with young people.

MORE ABOUT OUR ACADEMY

The Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy was established to carry forward what Coach Thomas was most passionate about -impacting young people. Coach Thomas always claimed that the school was his mission field and he spent his life trying to help students realize their potential and the impact they can have on others.

The Ed Thomas Family Foundation is committed to carrying on Coach Thomas’ legacy by passing on his philosophies to students. Our first Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy was held on October 2, 2014 at Aplington-Parkersburg High School with over 490 students and supervisors in attendance. The response was so positive that we have continued to offer our academies each fall and spring.  We have held five academies with over 2,300 students and supervisors in attendance.  With our academies we hope to continue impacting young people to become positive leaders in their schools and communities.

This was such an awesome motivating day! I believe every student we brought got a ton out of this! ~ I wish our whole school could have attended! ~Thank you for hosting this event. Our kids & I loved it. We'll be back. A first class event. ~ You did a tremendous job of inspiring the young athletes I brought with me and energizing me to continue my work in the education and athletic arena. ~ It was an amazing experience! I learned so much that I hope to bring back to my school.

- Leadership Reviews, comments from students and supervisors on the first leadership academy

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