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  1. Great blog post, George! I love how you are helping empower students by giving them these leadership opportunities. If I were to guess, the rest of the student body did a better job listening to this assembly too because they played a role in the creation of it and it was led by their peers. I'm going to share this post with the staff at my school when we start talking about assemblies because I think that there's a lot of value in what you've created here.

    Aviva

    • George

      Not only is it more exciting, it really is easier. The kids LOVE running the tech where this is something I do not really care to do. Why would I do it if a kid can do the same thing AND enjoy it? It just makes sense 🙂

      Thanks for your comment and continuous support 🙂

  2. Lissa Davies

    George, I am so impressed to see that you are giving students leadership opportunities and purpose! This is what they need to be successful, lifelong learners. We are living in a wired world, and giving students the opportunity to show their skills in technology. As well, they must feel that they have ownership of the school and of their learning….wonderful motivator.

    Lissa

  3. We don't empower kids in this way enough. When we give them the power to do something great, they usually exceed every expectation. One of my students asked me last year why students never got to run the chapels. Why did it always have to be adults? I helped him approach the administration with a plan for Chapel and they begrudgingly gave him permission to put together a chapel presentation. His mom worked at the Children's hospital here and he knew several students from each grade had been at the Children's hospital at one time or another in their lives. He got those students together to speak at the chapel, telling their stories of surgeries (one little girl had 53!) and battles with leukemia, broken arms, legs, and bee stings. He had each of the kids talk about their experience, show pictures of the nurses and caring staff, and other kids at the hospital. Then he had a call to action. He asked each student to bring $2 or more the following week for a break dresscode day. In one day this student was able to raise $6400 for the Children's hospital. He is 9! Incredible what happens when we let students be in charge.

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