The spring of 2014 has proved to be a busy season for the students of Heritage High School’s Student Government as they put on their first-ever leadership conference for elementary school students at Wilder Elementary on April 18.
The conference has been in the works for several months with Kelsie Lombardi ’14 and Anna Gerze ’14 co-chairing the event.
“Some of our old teachers from Wilder approached Heritage about putting on a leadership conference for their elementary school,” comments Lombardi. “And since we put on a successful middle school conference at Heritage every year, we thought we could do the same for Wilder.”
A HHS Student Government member helps out a Wilder student during the Teacher Appreciation workshop. All workshops were created and led by students.
The conference included student-led workshops divided by grade that focused on themes such as respect and responsibility, teamwork and trust and communication and cooperation. Activities such as writing teacher appreciation cards and positivity sticky notes as well as games and a dance-off were part of the conference attendees’ schedules as well. Dr. Douglas Jackson, CEO of the charity Project Cure served as the keynote speaker of the day delivering a speech on how everyone can go out and make a difference.
“I really enjoyed listening to the speaker,” says conference group leader Mo Cordrey ’15. “He had a really strong message that everyone could connect with.”
But the main focus of the day were the Wilder students.
“I just love seeing the kids interact with each other,” comments workshop leader Hannah Sullivan ’17. “These kids are so smart and awesome. Getting to work with them was the best part of the best part of the day.”