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High School Mentors Elementary Students

In response to New York State’s Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education Initiative, Christina Moser, ENL teacher at Old Mill Road School, has collaborated with Heather Glick, Calhoun High School teacher, and her students. The high school students have facilitated "Book Talks" to discuss a rich variety of literature and promote the message that we all have qualities that make us unique.

This partnership also gives our students the opportunity to interact with high school students who serve as role models and mentors. The books selected for the project focus on character growth, social acceptance, friendship, self-esteem, and diversity. In addition, students learn how to use and communicate through various technology platforms such as Buncee, Canva for Education, and Seesaw. For example, the elementary students drew self-portraits they compiled into a Buncee presentation as well as created inspirational posters in Canva.

"Our students really look up to the high school students," says Ms. Moser, who is sharing this project with colleagues throughout the district.