CLHS Students Teach Children about Character

High School Students Teach Children about Character
Posted on 12/09/2019
This is the image for the news article titled High School Students Teach Children about CharacterClear Lake High School Student Council members taught 2nd-5th grade students about character in fun and engaging ways during the StuCo Wonderland Conference at the CCISD Learner Support Center on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

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About 200 children from Armand Bayou, Brookwood, Clear Lake City, Falcon Pass, Robinson and Whitcomb elementary schools attended sessions touching on different character traits including respect, service, and teamwork.

It all started as an idea for a service project in Laura Dunham’s Student Council Officers class about a month ago.

“The students wanted to serve the elementary students in our feeder schools so we had some good brainstorming sessions and it turned into this event,” she said.

Approximately 50 student leaders volunteered their time to make the event a success. They helped with leading sessions, guiding the students during project-building exercises and organizing gift bags.

Freshman Student Council volunteer Daniela Guerrero was excited for the opportunity to interact with the younger students.

 “I went to a StuCo meeting during lunch one day where they talked about how they were going to work with little kids,” she said. “I thought it would be fun to work with them.”

After discussing the character traits and their benefits during each session, the elementary students were encouraged to participate in hands-on, winter-themed activities like holiday card making and gingerbread house building which allowed them to put the qualities into action.

“We had fun cheering and I learned that when you synergize, you can make an amazing gingerbread house with your team,” said 5th grader Taylor Picard.

Additionally, there was also an opportunity to help children in need by bringing toys to donate to the Toys for Tots organization.

“We encouraged the kids to bring a toy if they felt it in their heart,” Dunham said. “They did a really great job.”

The event culminated in a surprise visit from Santa Claus and Houston Fire Department 71C.
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