Edina High School (EHS) seniors and juniors have received a fresh look at ethics in the workplace and life thanks to the efforts of Jerry Potter, a longtime Edina Rotarian who passed away this past June. Potter was the force behind “Do the Right Thing,” one-day seminars offered to students who glean information from speakers and translate the lessons into action during group discussions. Such practice can help lead to lifelong tools for ethical thought and action. The program is held in conjunction with EHS 212 Leadership.
The program was established in 2012 to “help students navigate ethical challenges in life,” says Steve Slyce, the 2013-14 Edina Rotary Club president. Success has been overwhelming, and Potter’s efforts were recognized this year with a Connecting With Kids Award from the Edina Community Foundation.
“He was a standout in our club and in the community, always thinking about how to better the lives of children,” Slyce says.