Bayou Meto Elementary Elevate students in grades 3-5 have been working on a community service leadership project. Students have been introduced to the concept of leadership and have discovered that leadership is not just about themselves, but it’s also about giving back to others. Students chose to learn the life skill of knitting in order to make hats for the homeless, cancer patients and babies in shelters.
The purpose of the community service project is to experience firsthand the leadership concepts of contributing to the community and giving back to others. By using what they are learning in class to learn more about their own and others’ leadership skills, students began to understand the skills of self-motivation, self-esteem, the power of action and empathy. As their pile of hats grew, students realized that they can make a difference in the world.
Bayou Meto’s students will continue to work on hats over spring break and will present them to community leaders in April.