We know that students learn and develop leadership through practical application of leadership skills. These skills should be cultivated at a young age so that students understand the concept of stewardship and ownership of their environments. When students are provided with this opportunity, they experience responsible citizenship and engage positively with community members. Those who are given the opportunity to engage in the process of leadership development at an early age increase the capacity of involved citizens in the future (Krista Ullestad, 2009, Leadership Development for Elementary Students).
Here at Glover, we believe strongly in empowering our students and we are thrilled to announce the launch of the Glover Student Leadership Team. SLT is a group of 4th and 5th Graders who take leadership seriously and are interested in helping out around the school, in the community, and modeling positive behaviors for younger students. SLT members are role models for the other students and act accordingly at all times during the school day (recess, bus, lunch, classroom, etc.) in order to maintain the privilege of participating in SLT. There are many different assignments they can choose from such as helping out in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades, PE, Art, Library, and Music Assistants, and Fundraising Teams to name a few. SLT members are assigned a teacher-mentor who checks in with them. They meet as a large group at the beginning of the year after school with their mentors and then teams run throughout the year. Mentors check in frequently. Students wear a badge indicating that they are doing service projects as part of SLT. The time commitment varies but we always ensure that they are not missing any important classroom instructional times.
Thank you for supporting your child’s efforts to get involved and apply these essential leadership skills! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Karen McDavitt & Sara MacNeil