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Leadership Success

Lisa Riley,   James Otis Kaler Elementary School
Walk this Way — Start a Walking Club
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Our physical education teacher heads a leadership program for older elementary students to promote responsibility, and ownership of proper behavior while at school, setting good examples for younger students, and building self-esteem. These students are involved in leading activities for younger students, helping during PE classes, composting and recycling, and modeling good citizenship. Our 4th grade leadership students conducted a survey to determine which flavor of milk other students preferred. We also hung signs and posters in the cafeteria to promote milk consumption and give students interesting facts about Maine dairy farms and the benefits of drinking milk. During recess our 5th grade students organized a Walking Club where they help younger students track their mileage with wrist band pedometers. We were recently awarded funding to replace milk barrels and more wrist band pedometers for our Walking Club.

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

It took several attempts at filling out the application to receive funding. Luckily, we had the help of Katie Hoffman who came to our school to meet leadership students and offer suggestions on how to go about reaching our goals.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our physical education teacher works with leadership students to offer guidance and support when students are conducting a leadership activity.