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Roosevelt Elementary Is “Trading Places”

Students learn leadership skills through role reversal activity. 


Roosevelt Elementary students recently had the opportunity to role play with teachers in an exercise designed to introduce youngsters to leadership skills. 



Student council members, under the leadership and guidance of Mrs. Rebecca Morehouse, a fourth-grade teacher at Roosevelt, plan monthly school activities. 

In January, that activity revolved around students and teachers switching roles for a day.  Teachers dressed casual and encouraged students to come to school dressed as teachers. 

During the day, students undertook various tasks that their teachers normally do.  

“We use activities like this to focus on building leadership skills,” said Joel Sauter, principal at Roosevelt Elementary.  “The activity was planned by students, for students.”

Morehouse is the advisor for the Student Leadership Team, the school’s student body council.  In addition to planning the Trading Places event, students organize monthly school spirit days and assemblies. 

They also organize and run the school’s Gotcha store, a place where students can redeem points earned for good behavior for a variety of awards.

“Creating, planning and implementing these kinds of activities helps our young students develop skills that prepare them for years to come,” says Morehouse.

For more information, please contact Joel Sauter at 541-883-4750.


Pictured: Tidus Albery playing the role of a teacher in Mrs. Laitinen's 5th-grade class at Roosevelt Elementary. 


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