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Leadership Teams

WSE students are finding ways to contribute through Leadership Teams. “Due to COVID and not mixing cohorts (blue/gold groups), we were unable to run our usual student council or conflict managers,” explains student council advisor, Mrs. Richie. Leadership Teams are something Mrs. Richie, and Principal, Mrs. Knight, heard about at a Leader in Me conference over the summer. Instead of one student council group, students apply for specific activities or service projects that are usually part of being a representative or conflict manager so they can still be involved in the school safely. 


“Students are excited to take ownership and pride in their school. They love being here and are so thankful to be here,” Richie says. It’s a win-win for everyone. “Students get to be leaders and help with tasks around the school that benefits everyone.” She says the students have more PRIDE in the school which goes along with their building theme. (At the elementary, PRIDE stands for Positive attitude, Responsible actions, Integrity within, Determination to succeed and Expect excellence.) 


There are five leadership teams so far: 

  1. Candy Grams / Canned Food Drive - Students will sell candy grams before school during select times of the year and help in the mornings fathering the food for a food drive.
  2. Learning Garden - Students pull weeds and care for the flowers in the learning garden located in the front of the building.
  3. Playground Clean-up - Students help pick up trash, pull weeks in the cracks of the sidewalk, possibly help shovel in the winter time. 
  4. Cafeteria Help - Students help sweep up the floors and carry empty boxes to the recycling area.
  5. Custodian Help - Students help Mr. Gary by dusting window sills, tops of lockers, sweeping and other light duties.


Recently, students on the Learning Garden team got to work raking leaves, pulling weeds and picking up any trash.


The Leadership Teams were opened to 2nd-5th graders. Each had to apply and chose their top 3 choices of teams. They also had to share why they wanted to be on the team and why they would be good on that team. The responses were uplifting, with most sharing that they enjoy helping. “They also talked about being responsible students and wanting to volunteer their time,” she adds. They had 105 students apply. “I love when students are excited to help around the school. It shows how much love and pride they take in our WSE family. We really have a lot of kids with big hearts!”