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.
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.
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.