The middle schoolers led craft projects, read to the younger students, played Simon Says and even escorted the Easter Bunny as he passed out treats.
The visit was designed to benefit both groups of students said guidance counselor and the Society’s advisor Shannon Buttacaroli.
“This is the first time many of our students have been asked to interact with young students on this level. Exposing them to the younger generation and giving them responsibility helps them to understand what it means to lead,” she said.
Some students worked one-on-one or in small groups, helping students color and glue or reading. Others led the entire class in an activity.
“This is a chance to demonstrate the leadership skill they’ve developed since they’ve been at Jarvis and to show why they were chosen to be National Junior Honor Society members,” said Mrs. Buttacaroli.
Students are selected for NJHS based on their leadership ability, academics and volunteer service throughout the community. This visit lets them put those talents to work in the school setting.
In addition, the younger children are exposed to great role models.
“These NJHS students are great kids with have the ability to accomplish great things when they’re older. They are giving back to their school and setting great examples for the pre-K students. Hopefully, this gives the young students something to aspire to when they reach Jarvis,” said Mrs. Buttacaroli.
NJHS visits are not limited to the young. Around the holidays, they visited the residents at the Mohawk Homestead, sharing holiday joy with the senior residents. to the younger generation so they can learn from them, interact with them, learn to be leaders
The students “We want them to have exposure to different age groups. We met with the elderly at Mohawk Homestead around the holidays, because we want people of all ages to be exposed to these exceptional students and their talents.”