Clarke Elementary School’s Leadership Day was open to the community Friday.
“I was so impressed by the leadership demonstrated by the students that I felt compelled to share my observations,” said Audrey Wheeler. “I especially appreciated the multicultural nature of the ceremonies, with a group of young dancers performing a traditional Mexican dance, followed by the Spanish Club leading the audience in singing De Colores.”
During the Opening Ceremony, students showcased their public speaking skills and musical talent. Both fifth and sixth grade bands performed, directed by Tanya Hardy. Students shared how leaders behave and two students gave a demonstration on how to breath to calm down in stressful situations.
After the Opening Ceremony, community participants were ushered through the school by student leaders, receiving the opportunity to observe routine classroom activities. Students initiated introducing themselves, readily answered questions, and diligently worked to ensure that the community participants’ needs were met.
“I observed classroom activities ranging from teaching assertiveness skills to sixth graders to observing two ELL students practice English alphabet sounds for the first time,” said Wheeler.
Leadership Day ended with a Clubs Fair, with students sharing poster boards of information about their various club activities. Students modeled hobbies ranging from kickboxing to crocheting, demonstrating genuine passion for their club and excellent communication skills. There were refreshments offered from the Baking Club and community members were able to munch on cookies while learning about 20 different clubs that Clarke Elementary students enjoy participating in.
“All of the students who I encountered during Leadership Day genuinely embodied leadership qualities of responsibility, respect, kindness, and courage,” said Wheeler. “I am grateful that the elementary school provides this opportunity to witness our student body’s greatness. And I encourage all community members to consider attending a future Leadership Day event.”