Leah Scalo, a fourth-grade student at Park Avenue Elementary, is an aspiring community organizer who has already demonstrated her interest and leadership ability as Park Avenue Elementary School’s student council president.
“I love helping the community and the student council hosts a lot of fun events,” said Leah, who was first introduced to student council through a friend’s older sister. “She told me everything and how it was a fun thing to do, but also that it was a good thing to do for school, and I wanted to help out with school.”
The Student Council’s fall project centered around Veterans Day. The group held an assembly on the front lot of Park Avenue to celebrate our nation’s veterans. The whole school was in attendance, and Leah and the student council encouraged their peers to join them in working with Wreaths Across America, an organization that strives to remember fallen American veterans, honor those who serve, and to help children understand the value of freedom.
The student council helped raise funds for the group and also laid wreaths at the Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Goshen. Later that year, student council members also hung ornaments they had made with pictures of veterans on trees in the same cemetery.
“It was nice to be able to do these things, because [veterans] help us a lot,” Leah said. “We raised over $1,000! »
Currently, Leah is helping her fellow student council members with two other projects, packing gift boxes and making blankets for the children in the hospital. The donations will go to patients at St. Anthony’s in Warwick, Garnet Health Medical Center in Middletown and a third location yet to be determined. “We’re going to give the boxes to the kids who are in the hospital on their birthday,” Leah explained. “Then we will work on making blankets to distribute.”
“Leah has been a great representative and she’s great at organizing and keeping people on track with their projects,” said student council adviser Amy Buliung. “The best part about Leah is watching how she involves everyone in what we do. If she notices someone sitting next to her, she makes sure to include them so everyone feels involved and part of it. of the process of everything we do.
Leah said she definitely plans to continue in student government roles in middle school and high school. She also shared another personal goal: to become a Warwick Wildcat!
She has been learning and playing tennis since the age of four and has played football with Warwick Soccer Club since the age of five. Currently, Leah is thrilled that her favorite hobby – tennis – and one of her favorite areas of study – writing – have converged in the classroom.
“I really like the persuasive writing task we’re working on right now,” she said. “I chose tennis and I mainly try to convince people that tennis is the best sport and more people should play it.”
Ms. Rose Anne Kuzmiak, one of Leah’s teachers, said Leah has a positivity and exuberance that seeps into everything she does and affects people around her.
Leah is so well balanced – she’s talented, she’s artistic, she’s smart, she’s friendly and she’s outgoing,” Ms. Kuzmiak said. “She brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to her school work, her school activities and her outdoor activities. She always wants to do the right thing and she has a really wonderful excitement. ”