Leading the way at Meadows Elementary with student job leadership program

Posted at 3:35 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 16:35:55-05

RALSTON, Neb. (KMTV) — It's never too early to start teaching elementary students about job skills. So teachers at a Ralston elementary school are having their students apply for jobs within the school, with an application and a sit-down interview as a part of the process.

At the beginning of each school day students are greeted at the door, by another student. However, these students were not chosen randomly. These fourth and sixth graders applied and interviewed for the job. "These kids are very interested in leadership, they're very interested in relationships, they want to be involved, we allow them to be involved," said Meadows Elementary principal, Lisa Schroeder.

Another one of the 12 jobs students could apply for is book agent. Fourth grader Tanya Contreras arrives at school before the bell to clean and organize the library. "I wanted to work at the library because I like reading and also organizing a lot," she said. And for her the interview process was worth landing the job. "I was actually kind of nervous that I wouldn't get it but I did so I was really excited once I found out," said Contreras.

These jobs don't just teach students to be on time and do a good job they also encourage leadership. "We have a lot of kids who will step out of their comfort zones to lead even if they're not in these jobs," said Schroeder.

Meadows Elementary is just one of the three schools in the Ralston School District that has started this job program. They are joined by Mockingbird and Seymour Elementary.