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PRACTITIONER'S CORNER

schedule so that each club gets its
chance. Participating students can
sign up for a club in advance or join
on the day the club takes place. If you
have an aide, a monitor, or an adult
volunteer available to help oversee
the club, even better! Students learn
organizational skills and get to flex
their creative muscles.
Teachers calling the office in the
morning because their classroom
technology isn't working right? Kids
today know so much about technology
that they can fix just about any problem with classroom devices as well as,
or better than, many adults. Create
a student fix-it squad that volunteers
each morning before school starts.
Assign members to a classroom or
grade level, and have them stop in to
see whether or not teachers need help.
They can log in on tablets and laptops, fix interactive whiteboards, and
help substitute teachers who are less
familiar with the school's technology.
If you have a technology/computer/
STEM teacher who can show the
students a few tricks, it will make the
fix-it squad helpers even more valuable while developing their skill sets.
Who knows? Maybe it will lead to a
career in the tech industry.
Parents donating lots of books or
craft supplies, and you've run out
of ways to use them and places to
put them? Find an extra cart or
bookshelf and some mismatched
bins, and get some student helpers
to organize the books and supplies.
Make donated books available
to all students in a book nook,
from which students can take and
keep any book; student helpers
can replenish and reorganize it as
needed, maybe under the guidance
of a school librarian or reading
teacher. Extra craft supplies can be
used for recess or STEAM activities.
Students complaining about the
cleanliness or behavior observed
in bathrooms? Have concerned
students form committees to make

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Students benefit from having the
opportunity to make a difference.

announcements over the loudspeaker, create posters to hang in
the bathrooms, or make a video
showing the preferred behaviors.
(Have an adult edit their work
before display.) This experience
can lead to students feeling
empowered to solve problems in
their community.

Students can take turns bagging
empty water bottles and redeeming them for money in a local
supermarket or bottle depository.
The money can then be used for a
schoolwide goal, such as additional
recess equipment or a donation to a
local organization.

Students throwing out unwanted,
unopened snacks at lunch, wasting
food? Have student helpers decorate a box or bin for the donation of
unwanted, wrapped, nonperishable
food items, and make signs explaining the program. Hungry students
can help themselves to the snacks,
and extra items can be donated to a
local food pantry. Students will learn
that food is a valuable commodity
and that they can help others by making thoughtful choices.

I have been involved in every one
of these projects and have seen
how students benefit from having
the opportunity to make a difference. At the end of the year, you
can thank student helpers with
a certificate, shoutout, or group
photo in the yearbook or newsletter-or go big and invite them to
a special event to show your appreciation. The students will likely
internalize that helping is its own
reward-and as their principal,
you'll feel their pride.

Plastic water bottles overflowing
from classroom garbage pails?

Randee Bonagura is principal of Wantagh
Elementary School in Wantagh, New York.
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from the editor
Snapshots
5 Things
Intertwined for Achievement
Planting the SEAD
Making PLCs a Plus
Measuring Up
Look Out for the Leader
Engagement Across the Generations
The Sum of Its Parts
Putting the “Fun” in Fundraising
NAESP 2019 National Distinguished Principals
In the Spotlight
Practitioner’s Corner
Raising the Bar
Principal’s Bookshelf
School Law
NAESP Partners & Advertiser Index
Speaking Out
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