We kicked off our Fall YAS initiative a few weeks ago at the International Preschool of Raleigh by doing our YAS (You are Special) activity, where students made You are Special cards for their classmates and celebrated their classmates’ unique qualities. This week, we are doing our first online YAS campaign of Fall 2019! We posted this EdWordle on our Instagram page showing a few (of many) words you could use to tell someone that they are special. Feel free to use these words as an inspiration to tell others why they are special to you!
Like our post on instagram to receive a YAS (You are Special) shoutout from Leaders UNITE!
Today for Leaders UNITE at the International Preschool of Raleigh, students became leaders in recycling! The school plans to get some recycling bins soon, and today, Leaders UNITE students learned what it means to recycle. Students then created a rule list for recycling to paste in school for all of their other friends to learn about recycling. Students then made a supply list of things they want to recycle at school, so that teachers could go shopping for different types of recycling bins for their school. The first pictures shows their recycling rules list. The second picture shows the rule list alongside some of the students’ drawings of recyclables (paper, newspaper, glass bottles, recycling bins) and some animals that can be saved when we recycle!
Great job being leaders in the community, students!
In honor of Thanksgiving week, Leaders UNITE is launching our first YAS week. YAS stands for “You are Special.” This project is similar to Compliment Cards, but it is an online version. Ivana and Julia are posting facebook statuses about YAS. If you like the status, they will post a nice message on your facebook wall. They will do this if you like their status, but they will also be posting randomly on people’s walls. The message will start off, “YAS because…” Hopefully, once you receive the message, you will post your own status about YAS. We hope this really kicks off, and that this will be the first of many YAS opportunities.
We started a project called Compliment Cards at the Cary Academy High School branch of Leaders UNITE! It’s pretty simple, but the effect goes a long way! We set up a box near the Upper School office, where students or teachers can write positive notes of encouragement to other members of the school community. Members of Leaders UNITE pass out these cards during advisory periods with a little treat. Try this project at your school!
You can put anything on the Compliment Cards. It can be anything from a simple compliment about someone’s outfit, to a compliment about their latest achievements. Keep the notes positive, and you will surely bring a smile to someone’s face.
This can be done within the club, or for people outside of the club. You can create compliment cards saying two nice things about someone you know. Then give the card to the person. It’s amazing how much one compliment can brighten a person’s day.
As a leader, it is always important to help others. The older club members can help lead and/or facilitate the younger club member’s activities. It will be a fun way to observe other members of the club while enhancing your own leadership abilities.
You can pick up some of your favorite childhood books and read them to the Elementary School students at your school or a nearby Preschool. Be sure to get books with lots of pictures.
Get together with your friends and put together a show for your local retirement home. You can play instruments, or sing. Make it entertaining!
Make some holiday cards (Christmas, Easter, New Years, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or whatever holiday you celebrate) and give these cards to retirement homes or children’s hospitals in the local area. Make them colorful and leave a nice message.
As leaders, it is always important to give back to the community. Here are some possible activities that you can do in your community. Of course, you can organize your own activities as well.
Also, the high school and middle school students can help the elementary schools and lead their activities with them.