I am reminded of creativity as I reflect on Seneca’s second year partnership with Nystrom Elementary School, a TK-6th grade school located on the southside of Richmond. Our Unconditional Education Coach, Kelsey Corrales has worked intentionally to create a culture of joy and celebration where community members are welcomed and invited back on campus, to develop a space for student leadership, and to bring the school community together through monthly assemblies.
Creativity and imagination has not been limited to the Family Engagement team. This November, the halls of Nystrom were abuzz as students ran for a spot on the student council. Each class watched a campaign video of the students running and then voted on ballets with the students' photo accompanying names. On the same day that some adults were taking ballots to the polls, students were taking their ballots down to Ms. Corrales office and proudly displaying their “I voted” stickers. The student council is enjoying fundraising on campus. They also supported the winter festival and starred as newscasters in the Positive Behavior Intervention & Support expectation video reteach. Outside of the student council, other student leaders have gotten to have their voice heard through participation in biweekly student announcements and teaming up with the Risk Resilience Research Lab at University of Berkeley to be ambassadors for a video game that is aimed at building skills to reduce aggression.