Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00
Ninth-grade Peer Educators from Syosset High School recently visited third-grade classes at Walt Whitman Elementary School to talk to students about social skills and character development. For four days, the peer educators focused on friendship, accepting others, bullying and the steps of conflict resolution. The program opened with the high school students reading “Enemy Pie” by Derek Munson. Third-graders had the opportunity to role-play conflict resolution strategies on the last day.
The peer educators visit all seven of the district’s elementary schools as part of the program throughout the winter and spring. The ninth-graders participate in a full year-long class, part of a four-year series, where they learn crucial communications, public speaking and leadership skills, as well as teamwork and confidence-building.
To be considered for the class, a student must apply, obtain teacher recommendations, and go through a panel interview.