Holy Cross High School will host the 4th Annual Elementary/Middle School Leadership Conference on Tuesday, November 7th at 9:30am-1:30pm. Registration begins at 9:00am. It is open to all fifth through eighth grade students. Admission is free, and lunch will be provided. Schools need to provide the appropriate number of chaperones.
At this conference, students will learn leadership skills, imbued in traditional Catholic teachings. These skills will help them become successful at their own schools.
"This day has always been really positive," said Meg Dwyer '05, Director of Student Activities. "Teachers and chaperones are able to watch their students participate in hands-on activities and debrief with high school students."
Holy Cross students facilitate the entire day. They lead the elementary students through goal-setting workshops on communication and team work. Personal experiences are shared in each session.
"When the students first come in, they are shy," said Solomina Darko '18 "but they leave with enthusiasm. We have heard that their schools have implemented some of the things they learned that day."
Danny Flaherty '18 had a full-circle moment with one of his past participants. "I mentored a middle school student named Julia Petrokaitis. She was very timid, however, she really started to open up and come out of her shell. She is now a Holy Cross student and a sophomore class officer. She is really connected and active with our Student Council."
"I got so much out of this conference when I was in middle school," said Julia. "The one lesson that I remember from that experience was to get involved. You need to put yourself out there. Now, as a Holy Cross student, I want to get more students involved in everything. Games. Fundraisers. I want them to participate in things outside of their comfort zone."