UNION, NJ – 'Livingston Leaders', a new program implemented at Livingston School, is designed to give students the opportunity to engage in meaningful school-based community service with instruction and reflection to enrich their learning experiences.
The program began with over 100 participants and continues to grow. The program teaches responsibility and is intended to enhance the students’ experience at Livingston School. Livingston Leaders was initiated this year by second grade teacher Kelly Kitzman, Monika Roberts, school counselor, and Mary Cellitti, media clerk.
The Leaders are composed of third and fourth grade students who are assigned to assist kindergarten through second grade teachers and students before school and during recess times. Leaders read to the younger students, assist the teachers in the classroom to help younger students with basic math and reading skills. They also help teachers prepare for the days' activities and lessons.
In addition to their work in the classroom, the Leaders host fundraisers to help raise money for the community and the students of Livingston School. Some funds will be allocated to supplying teachers and students with supplemental resources to strengthen math and literacy concept skills.
“As I walk throughout the building each day, “said Principal Ben Kloc, “I can see that the students were extremely excited to get the opportunity to help their teachers. I also received positive feedback from teachers expressing their appreciation for the extra help during the day.”
Livingston School hopes to share the program with the other elementary schools in the district.