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Field Day provides middle school students with leadership opportunity

HIGHLANDS RANCH – Student council members of Cresthill Middle School got the chance to become role models as they coached Acres Green Elementary (AGE) students during the school’s recent field day.

“We’re here to help out with the little kids for their game today,” said 8th-grader Taya McClure.  “We’re trying to have them work together so they can get used to teamwork, and they can get used to older kids.”

As a community service project, 16 student council members, along with their teacher sponsors Jessica Ham and Katie Mitchell, worked with Acres Green faculty and parents at the September 20 event. They hosted six stations throughout the day; including ‘Capture the Ball’ and the ‘Water Balloon Toss,’ motivating and supporting the younger students as they moved to each location.

AGE Principal Gina Smith is thankful for Cresthill’s support during the field day and continues to welcome them every year. 

“We believe every child is a leader, so having Cresthill come over and have these kids be role models and leaders, stepping out and guiding our kids, we love that.” Smith said.

She says that it is a great example for her students, who are involved in the ‘Leader in Me’ program. Based on Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the program focuses on developing leadership in every student.

Smith believes that field day is a great example of school syngery, while teaching the students key elements on how to work together and lead one another through difficult tasks.

“Some good stuff going on out there would be the collaboration and cooperation as they move through the different games and navigate the rules,” Smith said, “[They are] always thinking about how to incorporate the body and the mind.”

Teacher sponsors Ham and Mitchell were extremely pleased with the level of maturity their own leaders demonstrated, something refreshing to see in middle school behavior.

“We received compliments from every adult there about how great they were with leading and interacting with all the kids and making sure they all had a great time,” Ham and Mitchell wrote.

November 15, 2013 | By rmbarber | Category:

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