Scotty Sanders, author of “Quest of the Keys,” and founder of the Quest of the Keys non-profit organization, recently visited four schools in the Ouachita Parish that are involved with the organization’s pilot Quest of the Keys character development program. A West Monroe, La., native now transplanted to Dallas, Texas, Sanders interacted with more than 350 students and educators who are involved with the Quest of the Keys organization’s pilot character development program.
Fueled by his passion to encourage and empower the next generation to live well, Sanders originally penned his fantasy novel with the hope that the education system would use it as a teaching tool for personal development. “That is why I am excited about the prospect of educators incorporating “Quest of the Keys” into the curriculum,” Sanders explained. “By doing so, the curriculum will promote personal growth, continuous learning, responsibility, leadership development, integrity, honor and clear purpose.”
Sanders, who has taught the keys found in Quest of the Keys all over the world…from Fortune 500 companies to fifth graders… left inspired by his visit to the Ouachita Parish schools. “My book, “Quest of the Keys,” was birthed out of my desire to give young people an opportunity to discover their purpose, unlock their potential and live with passion,” he said. “I am very impressed with the students’ engagement and intelligent questions,” Sanders said. “One of my favorite things in life is to speak to young people and see them encouraged.”
Quest of the Keys was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from State Farm to help launch the pilot character development program. The Quest of the Keys non-profit organization was founded to provide character development resources to a greater number of schools and other institutions. This pilot program in Ouachita Parish, La., will allow progress monitoring of students to give educators the information they need to successfully implement the program in their own schools and programs.
Corie Williams, the District Coordinator for Quest of the Keys and a Curriculum Coordinator for the Ouachita Parish School Board, is involved in the implementation of the curriculum as well as analysis of benchmark data that will measure the impact of the program on students. The goal is to have the program ready for full implementation in schools, afterschool programs, and other youth development organizations nationwide by school year 2017-18. The full character development program will include a game app, videos and many other resources. “We are excited about the teachers who are committed to this pilot,” said Williams. “I am hoping as we utilize their expertise, it will allow us to positively impact students in Ouachita Parish and eventually throughout the world with this character development program.”
Other partners of the Quest of the Keys initiatives are Energy Hydraulics, SkyRider Communications, Worlds of Wow and LifeCatalyst.
For more information about the Quest of the Keys organization, go to questofthekeys.org.
About Quest of the Keys Organization
Quest of the Keys is a nonprofit organization that provides character development resources to schools and other institutions. Their mission is to provide relevant character development resources to empower the next generation. There are over 17,000 Quest of the Keys books in print, thousands of e-books have been distributed and an audio book is available through Amazon. Approximately 35 schools over the United States are presently using the books and hundreds of educators have read Quest of the Keys in preparation for classroom use.