Students walk between classes past a sign extolling a leadership principle at Indian Trails Elementary school in Independence, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) by Heather HollingsworthAssociated Press Writer INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — One year after Johnathan Kent kicked his principal and school “went all bad,” the 8-year-old was recognized at a recent assembly as the “Star of the Month” for being polite and helping out his teachers. The third-grader’s explanation for the turnaround: “I’m not doing what I did last year.” But Emily Cross, the principal of Indian Trails Elementary on the outskirts of Kansas City, Mo., is giving some credit to a program the school began using last year that is built around the late self-help guru Stephen Covey’s best-selling “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” A 25th anniversary edition of the 1989 book will be released in November.
Marlaina Dreher, right, sits with her 5-year-old son, Brandon, who is autistic, before a session in the pediatric feeding disorder program at the Marcus Autism Center, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) by Christina A. CassidyAssociated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) — In a small room similar to a doctor’s office, Marlaina Dreher broke into applause as her 5-year-old son, Brandon, grabbed a red plastic spoon filled with puréed lasagna and fed himself.