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Students Plan for Ramp Up For Recess

Melissa Olson,   Riverdale Elem School
Student Leadership
Students Plan for Ramp Up For Recess

I'd like to share the prep work done by our student ambassadors for our upcoming play Ramp Up For Recess. Our student ambassadors lead plays, as indicated by our school wellness committee. We meet with our ambassadors for a weekly meeting to discuss ways to improve the student health. They look through plans and implement them. We work at an elementary school where time is scarce and study halls are non existent. We often meet during lunch, all piling in an office to eat and discuss. It's not the most convenient, but we have found we have greater success if we can involve students with the planning and implementing. For the process of choosing our leaders, whom we call ambassadors, we ask them to fill out a short application. We ask for permission from both the parent and the teachers. We look for kids with creativity, leadership skills and those who are well liked among their peers. We've had as few as 3 and as many as 8 ambassadors in a school year. Smaller numbers work better for us. We often divide the team up between advisors to work separately on different projects.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

I hope this information can help other schools to incorporate students more into the planning and implementation process.

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

Time is a huge issue for us. Classes do not follow a set schedule and we are busy during the day too with our responsibilities. Lunch meetings work for us!