On Friday, February 13, members of the Athletes C.A.R.E community went to Paxinosa Elementary School in Easton to give a lecture on positivity and the role it plays in our everyday lives. This is the second time that our H.U.D.D.L.E. program, which stands for “Helping Us Develop Dedication, Leadership, and Enthusiasm”, has given leadership presentations to the third and fourth graders concerning the qualities one needs to possess in order to be the best leader that they can be. Through role-play and interactive conversations, the students were able to distinguish what good examples of being positive were, how to remain positive in tough situations, and how they could make a positive impact in their own communities.
After going through introductions, the students were asked, “What do you think of when you hear the word positivity?” There were a variety of answers ranging from being happy to knowing that it’s not always the right to complain about small problems. We explained that being positive means that you turn bad situations and feelings into good ones. An example we gave to the students was Stuart Scott of ESPN. We explained to them that even though he was fighting cancer, he always remained positive and was able to deal with his situation by inspiring and helping others.
The main aspects of being positive in different situations were explained to the students using examples they could relate to and put into action in their daily lives. We told them how they could be more positive in the classroom, as well as in their extra curricular activities by maintaining respectful, empathetic behaviors every day. To finish up the lecture, we had the students do a role play in which they were given a situation and had to figure out how to overcome the obstacle in front of them, identify the benefits of being positive in the situation, and say how they would apply the scenario to the real world.
Each class learned that being positive makes a huge difference in the community by making us better people and better leaders. We emphasized that positivity is contagious and that once other see you with a positive attitude they will want to follow your example and do the same.
At the end of the presentation, the entire class came together in the center of the classroom to “Huddle Up!” and chant “Positivity!” to end the day. It was a rewarding experience for each of us that attended and we can’t wait until our next H.U.D.D.L.E. day to do it again!