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Kidsday: Our Town leadership club

Our Town is a leadership club that brings Northport high school, middle school and elementary school students together. The high school students act as mentors for the middle school and elementary school students.

They are taught leadership skills and community service. They meet every few weeks to plan events such as collecting food and raising money for the local food bank. Around the holidays, we collect toys for kids. And my favorite activity is going to a local VA hospital and entertaining our veterans. For Valentine's Day, we delivered all the cards that the students at Dickinson Elementary School made for them. During that visit, I was given the honor of playing "The Star Spangled Banner" on my flute. I was very moved by this experience.

I have really enjoyed being a part of such a fulfilling club and am looking forward to what future years bring. I am very proud and truly honored to be a part of it.

Fifth graders ready to help

Student Helpers gives us an opportunity to help younger kids in our school. We go to the gym during our recess on Fridays. We assist kids in kindergarten with skills that they need help with. Right now, we're working on basketball with the kids.

We asked four of the kids what Student Helpers meant to them or what they thought of it. James said, "To me, Student Helpers means getting help with the skills we need help in."

Gabe said, "I learn from them. I want to be just like them one day. Because I want to help people." Meadow said, "To me, Student Helpers means bigger kids helping us with the things we need help in, in gym." Ryleigh said, "I like Student Helpers because we get to make new friends with kids in fifth grade."

But for us, it means being able to help younger kids and pass on our knowledge on to them. And when they grow older, they will be able to pass on the knowledge that we passed on to them. We know a lot of the younger kids look up to the older kids in our school, and we want them to feel comfortable and safe with us. It is fun to see them in the hallways and they say hello to us, too.

--Kidsday Reporters Gisselle Battaglia and Nicole Steiger

CLASS OF THE WEEK: Erin O'Connor's fifth-grade class, DICKINSON AVENUE SCHOOL, East Northport

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