Civic-minded students participated in a National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) training session at Chatham Middle School on October 4thand 5th. The CMS Guidance & Counseling department hosts this two-day workshop each year as part of the school’s ongoing character education program. NCBI is a nonprofit leadership training organization that works to eliminate prejudice and conflict in communities the world over. The target of the training was to empower students to address prejudice, stereotyping, and bullying in their school through peer leadership and positive example setting. Local NCBI facilitators Ira Baumgarten and Tawana Davis joined school counselor Jackie Hoffman in leading the two-day training session.
Twenty-five seventh and eighth grade volunteers took part in the NCBI training this year. They are Samuel Alamillo, Elliot Bailey, Anna Carroll, Alex Chudy, Jake Dwileski, Allyson Engel, Jane Fischer, Noah Fowler, Maria Geel, Noah Hutchinson, Clara Jones, Arianna Kennedy-Castillo, Katherine Marotta, Nicole Meyers, Gabrielle Morse, Ethan Narofsky, Fiona Phelps, Ava Powers, Brady Reardon, Skylar Rowe, Elise Salvesvold-Uhlar, Tatum Shea, Kyle Smalley, Isabella Tarbox, Abigail Taylor, and Matthew Thorsen.
Starting this October, these students will take a leading role in promoting diversity, self-esteem, and acceptance of others by leading coalition-building workshops in our sixth and seventh grade classrooms.