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We do community service in school through peer leader club

Kidsday reporter Emma Shanahan is a peer leader

Kidsday reporter Emma Shanahan is a peer leader at Academy Street Elementary School in Bayport. Credit: Kimberly Rall

If you enjoy helping others in the community, then Peer Leaders could be the club for you.

Peer leading is key in developing our school community, and it helps the students and staff in our school. We are role models who set good examples for the younger students at Academy Street Elementary School. The younger students look up to the fourth- and fifth-grade peer leaders.

In the morning, we lead the kindergartners to the cafeteria if it is a rainy or cold day outside, but if it is a sunny or warm day, we take them to the playground. As peer leaders we all have different jobs, and we rotate each week. If it is your first time as a peer leader, you will have a fifth-grade trainer who has already done this before to help you.

Peer leaders hold lots of drives and fundraisers. For example, we hold the coat drive and a food and gift card drive around the holidays for people in need. We also raise money for charities like Friends of Karen. For Veterans Day, we send candy to the troops overseas.

The benefits of peer leading are to teach you to serve your community and show good citizenship and responsibility. Doing this can also develop good leadership skills. It is important to be a good role model to the younger students, and hopefully that makes them want to be peer leaders when they’re in fourth and fifth grades.

If you want to get a peer leading club at your school, then you should talk to your teacher or principal about the benefits of a leadership club.


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