Every month, Blair Mill Elementary School students practice public speaking for a large audience and cultivate their leadership skills at student-led Town Hall Meetings. These meetings bring the school-wide community together and celebrates students’ accomplishments.
“I’m hoping students learn that their world does not only consist of their classroom but also the school community, the entire Hatboro-Horsham community and even the global community,” said Principal Ryan Thomas, Ed D. “We are all in this together and there are wonderful things happening around our school.”
Every Town Hall spotlights a different grade and focuses on a recent special project they completed.
Fifth grade students who are in the Ambassador Program, a leadership club held once a week, are the hosts for each Town Hall. They welcome the students and help the meeting transition from one speaker to the next.
Town Halls recognize Citizens of the Month who are selected by teachers from each homeroom. These students exemplify the CARES (Cooperation, Acceptance, Responsibility, Empathy, Self-Control) qualities and follow the school rules.
“It seems to be well understood at Hatboro-Horsham and other school communities to not only focus on academic needs but also social and emotional needs of our children,” said Thomas. “We foster positive relationships each month and enjoy coming together to celebrate our peers.”
The most recent Town Hall Meeting was held on February 26, and spotlighted third grade, who presented on famous people from the past and present, and their impact on the world.