Fourth-graders at Troy Cronin Elementary School are learning about why it’s important to give to the community and how to be effective leaders in a club that’s new to the school this year – the S.T.A.R. Club, which stands for Service, Teamwork, Achievement and Recognition.
Over the school year, S.T.A.R.’s members plan on holding leadership-building activities and service activities and will model positive behaviors for the younger Cronin students.
They also will have guest speakers who will talk to them about the importance of leadership.
Team members were selected in October, and their first community service project was a food drive for Operation Care Package. One of the ways they got the word out was by creating a video “commercial” that they played for students during lunch periods.
Club member Brandon Guzman said making the commercial was fun. Aris Brown said they also designed and sent out flyers to let people know about the event. Ericka Diaz said they made boxes in which to place the donated items, and Ally Fremouw said they made a poster for the cafeteria where the donations were to be dropped.
Trista Pisano said she joined the club because she wanted to help others in need.
Members will participate in other community service projects this year, including a field trip to Feed My Starving Children to help pack nutritious meal boxes for malnourished children around the world.
Sponsors of the club are Cronin social worker Josie Lopez and 4th grade teacher Emily Semplinski.