Understanding Leadership

5th graders in McKinley-Brighton Elementary School learn about leadership.

5th graders at McKinley-Brighton Elementary School learn about leadership.

Responsible. Honest. Trustworthy. These were some of the words 5th grade students at Syracuse’s McKinley-Brighton Elementary School used to describe qualities they believe leaders should have. The students were taking part in an hour-long workshop on leadership and the benefits of being part of McKinley Brighton’s Student Council.

OCC's Sarah Collins speaks with students about leadership.

OCC’s Sarah Collins (center) speaks with students about leadership.

The workshop was the product of a partnership between McKinley-Brighton and Onondaga Community College aimed at helping students. Participating OCC administrators were Katharine Rumrill-Teece who is Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences, Interim Dean of Visual, Performing & Applied Arts Meredith Cantor-Feller and Sarah Collins, Director of Student Leadership Development.

During the workshop students also watched videos of Kid President on teamwork and leadership and how to change the world.

The partnership between McKinley-Brighton and OCC was announced during a celebration in September. It includes students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. In October Cantor-Feller worked with 3rd graders on journal making. More activities are planned throughout the academic year.

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