Each year, elementary students throughout the district engage in the character education program Get A Voice, to promote a positive school environment. Taking the program to the next level, East Broadway Elementary School created a Get A Voice Ambassador Club just last year, consisting of 22 fourth and fifth grade students who have showcased their leadership abilities around the school.
Advised by teacher Jeannine Denning, the club gathers approximately every two weeks after school. Members who are known as "ambassadors," participate in activities to help them grow into the best individuals they can be and serve as role models for their peers. The students have real conservations about personal experiences and behaviors they see students exhibiting in the building. Ms. Denning works with the ambassadors to find solutions and educates them on important topics such as building self-esteem.
"The purpose of the Get A Voice club is to reinforce 'The Golden Rule,' treat others as you would like to be treated," said Ms. Denning. "We focus on respect and the inclusion of everyone. Students are given strategies to help them stand up for themselves and others in a way that ends conflict and encourages friendship. The Ambassadors are encouraged to celebrate everyone's unique qualities and spread the message that everyone deserves to be treated kindly and with respect."