Leadership was in focus during a recent Hannibal Central School District Board of Education meeting, as Dennis M. Kenney student leaders thanked school board representatives for their service and commitment to the district.
In celebration of Board of Education Appreciation Month, members of the newly established Kenney Leadership Team presented board members with handmade paperweights.
“This is a token of our appreciation, from one leadership group to the next,” said KLT member Velvet Howland as the paperweights were distributed.
Howland and nearly two dozen of her middle school peers are part of the KLT, which aims to facilitate leadership qualities, promote a positive school environment and develop a cohesive student body.
According to school counselor Meg Jaworski, who oversees the KLT, group members have already taken on significant projects to display their leadership skills.
“They have facilitated fifth-grade orientation, where they were responsible for giving tours, setting expectations, answering questions, and facilitating ice-breakers with the incoming students,” Jaworski said. “KLT members are ambassadors for new students entering the district; giving them tours of the building upon arrival. The KLT was extremely helpful at open house, serving food at the barbecue to parents and community members and passing out maps inside the building.”
While the group has already tackled several major projects, the KLT is also eyeing a reading partnership between DMK and Fairley Elementary School.
Additionally, the group will begin a mentoring program with fifth-graders in hopes of building upon the relationships created during orientation.
“To see the KLT members flourish in their new roles has been incredible,” Jaworski said. “I am extremely proud of their hard work and dedication to our students, school and community.”