Three fifth graders arrived promptly at the Meadow Pond cafeteria just as kindergarteners were finishing lunch. They stood next to a long table outside the cafeteria which was set with valentines, crayons, and a little mailbox. On their way to recess, children stopped at the table and immediately began coloring the hearts. The older students explained that the valentines were special—they were for people who had served in the military—and helped the children write notes inside them.
“Thank you for keeping our country safe.”
“Thank you for your service.”
“Happy Valentine’s Day."
The fifth-grade helpers are Meadow Pond’s Student Ambassadors. Assisting younger children with Valentines for Vets is one of their many leadership roles at the school. They also help at special events, like escorting VIPs to Meadow Pond’s 50th Birthday Celebration, and contribute to shaping and running the school’s monthly Town Meetings.
Meadow Pond fifth graders apply to be a Student Ambassador by writing an essay about why they want to be a student leader. The applications are reviewed by the school’s Character Education committee which is comprised of teachers, the school psychologist and social worker, and Assistant Principal Dawn Pomeroy.
“We appoint two students from every 5th grade classroom,” said Amy Signore, a teacher on the Character Ed Committee. “They will serve either the fall/winter term or in the spring.