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Project Name: The Breakfast Club
Campus Name: Frances and Jeannette Lee Elementary, Caddo Mills ISD
Student Leadership Team Name: Lee Elementary Stucent Council
Project Goal: The purpose of this project is to help younger students on our campus, who are not receiving parent support at home in reading, and increase their reading skills by helping them read their take-home books.

 

Description of Project and Actions of Steps:
Student Council members were brainstorming ways to help students at school. After meeting and collaborating with administrative staff student council members helped in the development of the idea of the The Breakfast Club. Administrative staff met with Kindergarten, First, and Second grade teachers to determine which students were not progressing in their reading due to lack of parent support and completing nightly reading in their take-home readers. These students were then invited to participate in The Breakfast Club. Student Council members play a vital leadership role in the Breakfast Club. They serve as role models and work along side younger students to encourage them to read, as well as make it fun and exciting. Breakfast Club is held 3 mornings a week from 7:30 - 8:00. Student Council members arrive early to meet with a student. They eat breakfast together and read their daily take-home reader.

 

List stakeholder groups involved:
Lee Student Council
Lee Elementary Staff
Lee Elementary Campus Administration
Lee Elementary Student Council Advisor

 

Officer and Student Representative Responsibilities:
Student Council Officers and Representatives are responsible for being at Breakfast Club by 7:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Members are then assigned a student by the staff member present. Student Council members talk to the student while they are eating breakfast. The last 15 mins is spent listening to the child read their daily take-home book, helping them read as necessary, and asking them questions about the story after they are finished reading.

 

How did you involve parents or community members in the project?
Parents of student council members were sent a letter asking for their support in making sure that there child was here at 7:30 in the morning. Students and parents were asked to sign a form stating their dedication to the requirements of Breakfast Club. All parents were excited about this opportunity and all agreed to have their child here by 7:30.

What unexpected challenges or outcomes did you experience with this project?
I was not sure if all student council parents would be on board with getting their child to school early 3 days a week. It was unexpected, but also amazing to me, that parents were so supportive in helping this project be successful.

 

How did you determine the success of the project?
Success has been determined by the increased reading level of Kindergarten, First, and Second grade students who are participating in The Breakfast Club. More importantly this project has been a success because it has helped student council members develop their leadership skills with students on campus. Student Council members love this project and are proud of the work they are doing. It is such an amazing experience to see them working side by side with a younger student. The character and dedication demonstrated to the younger students is making them great role models.

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