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Hughes Elementary leadership club earns TEPSA Student Leadership Award

a group of students in red shirts from Hughes Elementary

For the fourth consecutive year, the Hughes Elementary leadership club has earned the Student Leadership Award from the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. This school year, Hughes is one of 43 schools in Texas to receive this award.

To receive the TEPSA award, a school must complete two service projects a year - one that benefits the community and one that benefits the school. 

This year, led by club sponsors Sarah Turner and Tracy Reynolds, the Hughes leadership club chose to help their community by collecting winter gear to donate to various shelters in the area. They decorated donation boxes, created flyers and posters, and then packaged the hats, gloves and scarves to be sent to people in need.

The leadership club also served their campus in several ways this year. One of their favorite ongoing service activities is helping at arrival and dismissal. During morning arrival, the student leaders assist teachers in helping students out of cars. Then, at the end of the school day, they help facilitate dismissal by guiding students to cones to await pickup. 

“I am amazed at how these students take initiative on campus and are always looking for ways to help,” said Ms. Turner. “They work hard in and out of the classroom and are a good example for other students on campus.”

The leadership club was also the driving factor for kindness month in February. Students made posters to hang in the cafeteria, decorated the sidewalks around the building with chalk, created a “take what you need” kindness wall and delivered facts about kindness over the announcements every day.

group of students taking picture with their kindness month chalk art outside school

“These students are the first to help a teacher or student in need and they always complete their tasks with a smile,” said Ms. Turner.  “I am so proud to work with them every day.”

For more information about the TEPSA Student Leadership Award, visit the TEPSA campus awards webpage.