Copiague’s High School Heroes become teachers for a day

Copiague’s High School Heroes become teachers for a day photo

As part of Junior Achievement’s High School Heroes program, 20 Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students enrolled in the leadership class became teachers for a day at Great Neck Road Elementary School on March 27.

The high school students spent the day in the third- and fourth-grade classrooms teaching five different lessons. Materials were provided for the lessons and both the high school students and the third-grade teachers completed a training program through Junior Achievement. 

The Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students acted as teachers for the day, following Junior Achievement’s Our City module. “The high school students followed the teacher schedule and were able to make some great connections with the staff and students,” said Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Assistant Principal Jonathan Cutolo. “The elementary student were extremely excited about the High School Heroes and some made welcome signs and asked them for their autographs.”

The curriculum introduces students to financial literacy and learning objectives for social studies, including the characteristics of cities, the importance of economic exchange, and how people and businesses in cities manage their money. At the end of the day, the third-graders were each provided with a certificate of completion.

“Copiague is a great place to learn and our high school students were able to give back to their community and at the same time work on skills that will make them successful young adults such as time management, organization, responsibility, preparation and commitment,” Cutolo said. “One of the most important aspects of bringing our leadership class to the elementary school is that it gives the younger students the opportunity to interact with the high school students as role models.”

The High School Heroes program is a service learning project that provides high school students the opportunity to become role models by teaching and empowering elementary students within their school district. High School Heroes work in teams to mentor students with hands-on, interactive lessons to students centered around work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship.