Eight Mayfield students, as part of the District SPARRK team, developed three themes for improvements for the school when they attended the 15th Annual Character Education Youth Leadership Summit held on the campus of Russell Sage College in Troy, New York today.
They developed these three themes that they hope to incorporate into Mayfield's character education program:
Recognize the habits of our school culture.
Try to turn around the mindset of students and staff to be more positive.
Add an overall optimism to the atmosphere.
Students Hunter Jones, Britain Goodemote, Sarah Morehouse, Jacob Petoff, Emmit Frisch, Grace Harper, Taylor Proctor and Ethan Gallup, were accompanied by chaperones Rebecca Woodruff and Cindy Farrell. Ethan and Hunter presented the theme to the conference.
Students spent the day with more than 300 students from all over the Capital Region, attending two workshops from a variety of options, including: The Positive Effects of Volunteerism, Student Activism – Developing a Character Based Action Plan That Will Make a Difference in Your School, Positive Psychology – Happy People are More Productive People, Where’s Art Going: Using the Digital Imaging Revolution to Craft a Bullying Awareness Billboard, How Character Traits Improve Teen Driving, Let’s Change the Story – a Game to Alter Reality, Social/Emotional Learning and Life Success, Could You Be a Future Entrepreneur?, Women Breaking the Boundaries in the Workplace, Character Traits Needed for Successful Careers, Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens and Reducing Stress as a Lifelong Skill.
The keynote speaker was Clifton Taulbert. He shared an inspiring talk detailing how each of the participants needed to be the North Star for their district, using the qualities of good character and friendship as a way to influence others. He discussed ways students could develop their own roadmap or action plan to make this happen.
Students also heard from Rensselear County Executive Kathy Jimino and Assemblyman John McDonald, who shared their thoughts on how students become future leaders.
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