Serving Others From the Very Start
Green Magnet Elementary School - Leadership and World Languages
Food collections. Visits to senior centers. Clean up at local parks. Mentoring programs. You may know about the many ways you can serve others in the area, but do your children? They should.
Volunteerism is a great way for parents to teach social responsibility and the importance of serving others and the community. Service activities encourage children to show compassion and express empathy in meaningful ways. As volunteers, they are given the opportunity to contribute to the interests and needs of others, to take on a responsibility that serves a greater purpose.
With a Leadership and World Languages theme based on Stephen Covey’s book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," Green Magnet Elementary School introduces service to children at a young age to help establish “true north” principles and instill a closer connection to the community and the world. All third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students enjoy a weekly Leadership Service internship to support school needs in the main office, classrooms, media center and campus facilities.
"Our Leadership Service period gives students a weekly opportunity to engage their personal talents and interests in an authentic way that also teaches them about service to the school community, and, hopefully translates into service to their communities as they grow,” Green Magnet Elementary Principal Dr. Lisa Brown. “It's their first introduction to servant leadership.”
Would you like to teach your children the value of volunteering and serving others? There are many ways to introduce and implement service experiences they will enjoy.
Pave the Way
One of the best ways to teach a child about volunteering is to become a volunteer too. Speak with your children about the service activities you’ve taken part in, the ways you’ve helped others, and how each experience made you feel.
Seek out service opportunities for your entire family like collecting and sorting canned foods at your local shelter, purchasing gifts for a family in need during the holidays, or making cards to give to seniors at a nearby retirement home. The shared experience will be meaningful to both you and your children.
Remind your children that small acts of kindness can make a big difference in the lives of others. Service can be as simple as holding a door for another, surprising a neighbor with a note, or offering to throw away a friend’s lunch tray in the cafeteria.
“Service projects empower children to take on new tasks that help them build confidence, become accountable, find their strengths and synergize with others. It’s truly tremendous to see how the act of volunteering can transform and positively impact a child’s educational well-being,” said Green Magnet Elementary Coordinator Tricia Seymour.
Parents interested in learning more about Green Leadership and World Languages Magnet Elementary School may schedule a school tour or contact Magnet Coordinator Tricia Seymour at (919) 431-8141, ext. 22631. The school is located at 5307 Six Forks Road in Raleigh. Visit Wake County Public School System’s Magnet Programs website at wcpss.net/magnet for more information about enrollment opportunities.