High School Heroes Teach JA Lessons and Learn Life Lessons

Students from Richardson High School, just north of Dallas, have confirmed a truth once written in ancient Rome by Seneca the Younger to his friend, Lucilius.? "Docendo discimus: by teaching, we learn."The High School Heroes Program allows high school students to teach JA programs to elementary school students. Usually, students co-teach with a peer. Through this program, the high school students serve as powerful role models for younger children in their communities. They also increase their self-confidence and feel empowered to make a difference in the lives of others.According to Barbara Heise, senior education manager at Junior Achievement of Dallas, through the High School Heroes program, 36 Richardson students taught JA to students at nearby Northwood Hills Elementary. The student-teachers visited for an hour each week for five weeks. And the effect has been marvelous.Beth Brown, the students? teacher, explained, "Every time we go to the elementary school and I peek through the classroom doors, I see amazing things.?The look that the high school students have on their faces when teaching the younger students is priceless.?The high schoolers are animated and working so hard to teach the lessons."One student described her excitement. "Working with the younger students helped me decide what I want to do when I graduate from high school."Heise summarized her impressions of the High School Heroes Program. Observing one classroom, she saw a big high school football player bending down to work with a tiny first grader. "It really touched my heart," she said.

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