"Here is one from World War II!" shouts a fourth-grade student in Hannah Vaughn's class as students search for headstones of veterans at Dayton Cemetery. The students are placing flags on the graves as part of the school's community service week.
"We want to honor the veterans for Memorial Day," says student Chloe Bell.
"Yes, they fought for our freedom," adds classmate Xavier Hamilton. "It is important to honor them and help others."
"This is a great way for students to connect with what they have been learning about in social studies and understand the importance of serving others," says Vaughn.
Elsewhere, Dayton students picked up trash, planted flowers, visited with nursing home residents, pulled weeds and swept sidewalks. The service activities are a way for the students to celebrate learning to be leaders. The "Leader in Me" program teaches 21st century life skills so that every child sees that he or she is capable of being a leader.
Principal Courtney Wildoner challenged all students to participate in an hour of service to help their community. "The greatest gift leaders can give others is giving their time and talents to serve others," says Wildoner. "It was a beautiful lesson to learn during this last week of school."