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Eighth Grade Leadership Retreat

Thursday, October 3, 2019


On October 1, the entire eighth grade class at the Elementary•Middle School participated in the seventh annual Leadership Retreat. Events were held on campus and at Gordon College.

The goal of the day is to learn about leadership, brainstorm ways to strengthen the community, bond as a class, and to have fun! Since the class includes many new eighth graders, it was a nice way to kick off the year and create a sense of community, while also fostering leadership skills and encouraging students to have a voice in school. 

“We want to instill in them leadership skills to use in their lives going forward, to recognize how our younger students look up to them, and to feel empowered to make change,” said Laura Polvinen, a counselor at EMS.