This year, the Tyler ISD campus implemented a program to allow fifth-graders the opportunity to learn leadership through action.
Campus job openings were posted in the hallway, and students applied for the positions. In coordination with school counselor, Kandi Tamez, they were interviewed by their peers and selected for a job.
There's something for everyone. Jobs included campus recycling, assembly assistance, morning announcements, school store managers, yearbook committee and more. Although students don't get paid, they have jumped at the opportunity to be involved, according to school leadership.
Principal Christy Roach said it's been impressive to see the fifth-graders step up to the plate and become independent as they do their jobs.
For example, she said, at the December assembly, the adults didn't do anything. From the start of the program, the students emceed, and they wrote their own speeches, she said.
“These are the children that will hopefully one day lead us,” she said.
On Thursday, a group of boys unpacked bags of food from crates and delivered them to classrooms around campus.
Christian Olivarez, 10, said he wanted to participate because it gave him the opportunity to help other children and make them feel happy, something he would like to do for the rest of his life.
“Like when I grow up, I want to be a football player, but not only that, I also want to do charity (work),” he said.
Fifth-grader Yesenia Andres, 10, a member of the yearbook committee, said she wanted to take part because she likes taking pictures and thought it would be a good experience. She and some of her fellow committee members take photos of campus happenings.
Fifth-grader Pahola Nevarez, 10, a member of the announcement team, said she wanted that job because she likes public speaking and thought it would be good preparation for the future.
Fourth-grader Briannia Crowe, 10, said she likes doing the announcements because it allows her to interact with people on campus and stay updated about news and events.
Fifth-grader Daniel Perdomo, 10, said he wanted to bond with his peers and be active on campus, so the announcements provided a way to do that.