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The Patel Family Encourages the Community to Rally in Support of Youth Leadership




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The Avon Education Foundation announces a personal donation in the amount of $3,000.  The gift is funded by the father and paternal grandparents of Shiv Patel, a Kindergartener at Hickory Elementary, and is directed in support of “The Leader in Me” program.  “The Leader in Me” is a program successfully implemented at Hickory and River Birch elementary schools and uses a principle-based framework of “7 Habits” to develop leadership traits and decision making skills that will positively impact students.

“’The Leader in Me’ book and my consistent observation of children, teachers and staff happily practicing these easy to understand habits at Hickory and River Birch has been a source of information and inspiration,” says Shiv’s father, Parag Patel. “I have spoken with parents, teachers, students and school principals who were active participants in other ‘The Leader in Me’ schools in the US and abroad.  All of these participants have had exemplary comments about the positive impact on children’s social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual development which I have seen in Shiv.

The Patel family hopes this gift will encourage other local leaders to invest in this or similar programs that support student leadership development, which, in the long run, will benefit our state and local economy.  Lastly the Patel family would like to thank the Avon Schools’ teachers, administrators, support staff and volunteers for their exceptional work ethic and determination to instill a love of learning.

Donations may be made to the Avon Education Foundation (AEF), 7203 E US Hwy 36, Avon, IN 46123 or online at