Leadership Retreat Helps Further Build Skills

By Kalia Cortes
As a member of the Headmaster’s Leadership program, we are expected to be leaders on and off campus. I’m really grateful to be in the program and think it has expanded my leadership skills immensely. The administrators have graciously provided multiple opportunities to learn more about leadership and make an impact with projects in our community. We recently had two days of volunteering and team building activities as part of our HLI program.
 
For the first day, we had the pleasure of volunteering at Give Kids the World in Orlando. With nearly 50 students, we all had different responsibilities. I was an attractions assistant, and alongside other students, we worked hands-on with the children, operating rides, driving the train and even riding the attractions with kids who were scared.
 
“It was definitely something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m so thankful I got the opportunity. I’m looking forward to going back to volunteer this summer,” said Hugo Hollander, a senior. It takes a lot for students to wake up at 6 a.m., especially on a Sunday morning, and to see almost all of HLI come out to volunteer was very special. For me, as a member of the group, we didn’t do it because we felt like we had to, we did it because we wanted to put a smile on the faces of children who are terminally ill.
 
After Give Kids the World, we went to an arcade and bowling alley for some team bonding. We were placed in random groups and all competed against each other, and I surprisingly met a lot of new people that I didn’t really know.
 
Day two involved building our teamwork skills through a scavenger hunt at Disney springs and some competitive volleyball and dodgeball games when we got back to school. Overall, the weekend was very successful and I think I speak for everyone saying I hope we can do it again soon!
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