A group of 10 TAMS students recently attended a leadership summit with representatives from six other area middle schools. The theme of the summit was anti-bullying, and the students also took part in sessions on what it means to be a leader and how to do effective public speaking. The culmination of the summit was the writing of an anti-bullying pledge that our TAMS students will now share with the rest of the school.
TAMS Honors Club members Isabelle Levesque, Hannah Cook, Mia-Claire Kezal, and Grace Sommer are all smiles at the recent leadership summit that they attended.
TAMS nurse and Honors Club advisor Nikki Faulkner says that "our kids did a great job." She was proud of their maturity and positive group dynamics throughout the summit. After formulating their Unite Against Bullying Pledge, each school was supposed to choose one representative to present their Pledge to the other schools. The TAMS contingency chose to go up all together as a group, rather than sending one representative, demonstrating their unity.
Unite Against Bullying Pledge: We stand together against bullying, We represent the four pillars, respect, responsibility, compassion and investment, because at TAMS it matters. Be a buddy not a bully.
This group now has the goal of getting the whole school excited about anti-bullying. Some of their future plans include a pep rally at an assembly and a whole school anti-bullying walk. They want to make anti-bullying both fun and an expectation for all students.
Isabelle Levesque was one of the attendees from TAMS. She says, "I thought it was really fun and it had an impact on me and how important it is to get the whole school to be anti-bullying."
Many of the attendees at the summit are members of the TAMS Honors Club. This organization is open by application to students in grades 7 & 8 at TAMS. To maintain membership in the club, students must be in good academic standing, complete 25 hours of community service, have a positive influence on other students, and serve as a school leader. In addition to this leadership summit, the Honors Club will continue volunteering at the Monarch Center and is planning a project to recognize and show appreciation for public servants.