"I learned that to be brave, you can't be scared," shares Lone Pine 2nd grade student Julia Esshaki, reflecting on a recent inspirational visit from the WHMS 4/5 Leadership Club students.
"4th and 5th Grade Leadership Club students from West Hills have been working really hard to BE leaders, not just talk about how to be leaders," explains Club advisor Cameron Johns. "The students took action in deciding how to help with our growing number of refugees in the United States through a bedding drive for Freedom House Detroit. When presented with the task of helping 2nd graders learn about the IB Learner Profile attribute of the month of January, courage, students took ownership of the project. They helped decide not only which book to read, but which video to show the students in second grade. We decided the Kid President video about being an everyday hero and the story of Malala's Magic Pencil would inspire students to make a change and be courageous to do it. Finally, we wrote encouraging notes for someone special in our lives: a teacher, parents, siblings and classmates included, and gifted them a pencil to make a change. While this note may not seem like much, the day was all about having the courage to do one small thing in our lives that will make a big change in the life of another person," Johns explains further.
Dominik Parker, a West Hills 4th grade Leadership Club member, shares "It was fun, and it was a good learning experience. Teaching 2nd graders is a good thing, because then they start believing something earlier on, and it's easier for them to learn it."
2nd grader Steven Choukourian learned, "Courage means that you can do whatever you want, and that you should never give up."