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Building a Team at Pell

Colleen Crotteau,   Claiborne Pell Elem School
Farm to School — Know Your Foods
Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Building a Team at Pell
My team consists of six enthusiastic third graders and six spirited fourth graders. We meet twice a month during the school day, when other students attend chorus. The team named itself the Champions after our school motto. They have come up with such great ideas to get our school active and eating healthy. They designed and hung up posters throughout our building and created a bulletin board with information about activities and contests for students and staff. They started a walking club during recess and act as mentors to younger students during their recess times by teaching games. We plan on many more activities through the rest of the school year, including a smoothie contest, conducting a food drive, having flavored milk tasting, hosting a visit from a dairy farmer, and purchasing indoor recess equipment.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

I have a great team! Even though they are only 8-10 years old, they have no problem letting me know what their ideas are. I usually go with the flow and let them steer the boat. If they get off track, I gently ask questions that enable them to make better choices.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

I am able to make the Plays last the school year and beyond by thinking small, simple, and doing minimal spending.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

The biggest challenge I faced was finding a time to get together with my team. After discussing it with the principal, I was able to meet with them during chorus, as core subjects are not taught when many students attend this class. It has worked out great!