Alex Partos, Escola Americana Do Rio de Janeiro
Each year, schools are involved in fun projects which include the participation of the entire community. At EARJ we have many special activities throughout the year which range from our annual Halloween Celebration through drama and music presentations. We also have activities which are planned and executed by our senior and junior classes. One of our favorite activities is the Halloween Celebration that includes a Haunted House which is sponsored by the Senior Class. With the help of the PTA, Elementary and Middle schools, and all of the various clubs in school, this event is meant to bring school and community together. This project is an example of how students can become involved in an activity which requires the skills of leadership and responsibility. It is also an activity which gives students the opportunity to plan, organize, monitor, and execute a large project. In addition, this event enables students to practice developing skills such as: leadership, organization, and community service.
The importance of the participation of students in an activity, club or sport cannot be overstated. For some students, participation in an activity will bring out their natural skills, while others may discover new potential they did not realize they had. Natural leaders will emerge; creative students may be surprised to discover abilities they did not know they had, while others will know the meaning of teamwork for the first time. In the end, the student’s efforts will be compensated by the satisfaction they derive from accomplishing, together with their classmates, a common goal. They will learn to appreciate each other’s skills and talents and will share in the happiness they bring to their school community, particularly the youngest members, who will collect memories that will be with them forever.
As educators, it is also an opportunity to analyze our student’s strengths as well as areas for improvement, the goal being to help them become conscious of their abilities and inabilities. In this way, we will be better able to guide them in the future so that they can transform their shortcomings into new talents which will help them during their adult lives.
STUCO- Worker’s Christmas Party
Any activity requiring the planning of an important project is an opportunity to grow, learn, perfect existing skills, develop new skills and enhance formative development. With unconditional support from teachers, students can be shown how proud we are of their involvement, dedication, and participation. Teachers can also motivate those students who would benefit from being more involved. At EARJ we are committed to all aspects of child development. These special activities, clubs, and sports are a testimony of our commitment to students.