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[February 26, 2013]
Leadership teams boost Cloverdale students' self-confidence
Feb 27, 2013 (Dothan Eagle - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Cloverdale Elementary School students are learning a little about technology and a lot about leadership by participating in the school's tech team.
Six fifth grade students are on the team, which assists school staff in powering on computers in the school's computer lab, updating its electronic monitors and mentoring younger students in the lab.
The tech team is one of several teams at the school where students are given responsibilities. Some of the other teams include a photography team, breakfast and lunch monitors, a patriot team that raises and lowers the flag and other teams.
Carla Tew, media specialist, said the teams help with the school's efforts at character education. Tew said students learn responsibility and leadership from completing the tasks assigned to them. Tew also said it gives students who are not academic or athletic superstars the chance to shine.
"We want to instill the importance of doing a job well so when they grow up they'll be productive members of society," she said.
Brayden Roy, a fifth grader, said he enjoys mentoring younger students.
"They're going to live in a world where technology is a big thing," he said.
Jalene Johnson said, "It's fun, I've loved technology ever since I was in the second grade." Kayonna Hilliard said she enjoys the technical side of the work, making sure all the computers in the lab are up and running and working with the video monitor.
Jeremy Jones said students feel privileged to participate in the tech team.
"It's fun because we get to do it," he said.
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