Havelock second-graders get lessons in leadership

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Christian Thompson, left, relays a message to Zachary Murphy, as the two play telephone in a study of the communication process during leadership lessons at Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School in Havelock.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, November 12, 2012 at 05:33 PM.

In one ear went one message. Ten children later, out came a completely different message.

Second-graders at Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School participating in a leadership program found out just how easy it was to communicate the wrong memo Monday.

The phrase "I like to kick my ball down the hall" had morphed into "You are a happy face" during the learning game telephone in which each child relays the message to the next one in line.

The lesson in communication was part of a program put on by 26 students from Havelock High School’s leadership classes.

And the 96 second-graders who participated in the program quickly understood its significance.

"We tied this right to the election, showing them the qualities of a good leader," said second-grade teacher Geri Gares. "They need to know that even though they are younger that they can still make a big difference. This is important especially because of what’s going on in their community right now."

The program kicked off with the younger students and a musical big book in which they sang "Proud to be an American" with artwork they had produced with the song’s lyrics.

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