Last week, incoming fifth grade students from the district’s twelve elementary schools were invited to participate in the fourth annual Peer Leadership Camp. This week-long program focused on enhancing students’ leadership skills with a focus on self-care, empathy, kindness, acceptance of others, and the ability to communicate.
“The mission of our camp is to encourage collaboration and empower children to be aspiring leaders,” shared camp ambassador and Beachwood Elementary School Supervisor James Klass. “Students learned about building a positive mindset, the necessity of self-care, the importance of role models and community leaders, and fostering empathy among all.”
The camp served as an opportunity to extend and build upon the various social and emotional learning (SEL) offerings already embedded within our elementary schools’ curriculum and daily practices. The program featured team building activities, keynote speeches from community partners, problem-solving challenges, and opportunities for self-reflection.
Community partnerships for the week included Toms River Police Department, Brandywine Assisted Living, Caregiver Volunteers, LeadU, and other health and wellness professionals from throughout the area.
This exceptional group of students will serve as leaders in various capacities within their home schools during the 2021-2022 school year.