MAX GONTER, 9, left, writes done a word in the Fill Your Bucket exercise with El Dorado High School Leadership Class students Charlie Plamondon, 16, and Samantha Chavez, 15. Students from Pinewood School visited El Dorado as part of a Leadership Class project. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene


Youth of El Dorado: A learning experience for everyone

By From page B3 | April 09, 2014

The El Dorado High School Leadership Class teamed up with Pinewood School’s third grade class and invited the Pollock Pines students to El Dorado for a fun-filled day on Thursday, March 13.

Activities included icebreakers, a third grade slideshow and puppet show, Lava Race, “Ro-Sham-Bo” contest, campus tour, snacks and a pizza lunch.

These activities were created to benefit the third-grade students and support stronger leadership skills. Among these skills included cooperation, friendship, initiative, self-control, alertness, poise, intentness, confidence, enthusiasm, team spirit and loyalty. The slide show and puppet show presented by the third grade students included an overview on their accomplishments at their school and life lessons about being an effective leader and responsible citizen.

The EDHS Leadership Class then escorted the third grade students on a campus tour. Megan Fischer’s physics class provided an outdoor presentation on her student’s past projects and physics concepts.

Chance Rosales presented the mirror project to the students and ignited a marshmallow using the sun and a concave mirror.

Dane Neves presented the balloon car project and facilitated a race across the upper quad.

Weston Rademacher demonstrated the catapult project and exerted a tennis ball across the upper quad.

The group then went to Rob Pifferini’s class in the large gym for additional activities.

The third graders visited Neal Geluck’s precalculus class where they measured the circumference and diameter of multiple circles and discussed their relativity. Before leaving the precalculus classroom, Geluck treated all of the third grade students to slices of pie as an early celebration to Pi Day held on the following day.

During the bonding time between the third graders and the EDHS Leadership Class, each high schooler was paired with a younger “buddy” who they shared common interests with, practiced communication skills and assisted one another in group-led activities.

Each third grader was also sent home with their own personal “Puzzle Buckets.” These buckets were filled with EDHS puzzle pieces. Each third grader received another puzzle piece when they assisted, complimented and properly communicated to someone.

Needless to say, each third grader went home with overflowing buckets because of their great manners and mature skills.

Before boarding the bus at the end of the day, the group ended on the athletic field where they all participated in loud, encouraging chants, final lessons, words of advice and a pizza lunch.

Both groups had the great opportunity of learning important lessons from one another. Regardless of age, all students who participated in this leadership day learned something new from each other.

It is these amazing experiences that our youth of El Dorado dedicate themselves to bettering their community and reaching out to the younger generations and to inspire others to extend their resources and advice.

El Dorado High School looks forward to repeating this experience again next year with a different group of students so that they may keep building strong relationships with younger students and offer their advice and skills to help create strong leaders within the community.

Sara Weimer

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