Driving Good Character

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St. James Elementary hosted motivational speaker, author and Smithtown Central School District graduate Jon Gordon on Sept. 29. The school is integrating his book, “The Energy Bus for Kids,” into its character education program.

The message behind the book is about getting your team on the bus, moving in the right direction with a shared vision, focus and purpose. There are five different motivating factors to staying on the energy bus, Gordon said. “You are all the drivers of the bus. You need to have a positive vision for the future. You need to fuel your ride with positive energy, love your passengers and enjoy the ride,” he told the students.

In addition, St. James Elementary is using “The Energy Bus for Kids” as the framework for its school song this year.