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When first grade teacher Yesenia Mendez asks her students a question, there is only answer she won’t accept - a one-word answer. “We’ll do a quick check,” Mendez said. “I’ll stop them and ask them to use a complete sentence.”
When Ava Medina was in kindergarten she remembers looking up to the fifth graders at Harriet Thompson Elementary School. She always knew when she made it to fifth grade, she too would be a leader of the school. “They teach us that we’re leaders and that we can do these things,” said Medina, who is a fifth grader this year. It’s a message ingrained in the culture of the school, Harriet Thompson is growing student leaders.
When Arthur H. Smith Elementary School fifth grader Kiley Smith first heard about the school’s new writing camp, she knew it was something she wanted to be a part of. She wanted to work toward improving her writing and comprehension, and this seemed like a fun way to do it.