Students at Lakeland Elementary have numerous opportunities to meet the ideals of the school system’s motto: Learn. Grow. Lead!
The Lakeland ambassadors are chosen by the 4th grade teachers. Once names are submitted by the teachers, the nominees are asked to write an essay on “Why They Want to be a Lakeland Ambassador.” They also have an interview. The final selections are made based on their essays and interviews. The Ambassadors’ duties during the year are to work at registration, assist the kindergarteners at lunch for the first two weeks of school, to conduct Lakeland tours, to distribute hallway keys, assist with career day, and help with any other duties that may be needed during the year.
During the Christmas holiday, we ask our students/families to consider contributing to a meaningful gift for those in need. This donation provides a wonderful opportunity to talk to children about having gratitude for our many blessings. This program provides gifts to children in need that live in the Lakeland area. We partner with the Helping Hands to accomplish this endeavor.
Art Club is for those students who seriously love art and want to increase their art knowledge. Drawing, the basis of art, is taught to increase their skill level. The student will be required to draw at school as well as at home. This club is contingent upon local funding.
Each summer, Lakeland hosts Camp Invention. This program allows children to make the connection between science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and skills that they will need for the future. The program encourages children to become creative and innovative thinkers by working together to solve relevant challenges. It immerses children entering grades one through six in exciting, hands-on activities disguised as fun. For the 2013 summer session, children will become expedition trainees navigating their way to treasure-filled caches while uncovering hidden messages from the Earth. Camp will be from June 3 – 7.
Career Day occurs in the spring of each year. Parents from our community take time to share their careers with our Lakeland students. Anyone in our community is welcome to come and participate.
Christ Living in Christian Kids (C.L.I.C.K.) is a group of fifth grade students who meet once per month before school. David Orleans-Lindsay, fifth grade Student Council President, wanted to start the group at Lakeland Elementary. His desire is to reach out to other people who do not know Christ. Students share and discuss favorite Bible verses, learn the books of the Bible in a fun way, and pray. Ministers from local churches have been invited to speak to the group. C.L.I.C.K. has been a welcomed addition to our groups at Lakeland Elementary.
Each year Lakeland’s community helpers visit our Kindergarten students and receive hands-on training with their study of Community Helpers. Fire truck tours, seeing a squad car, dressing up as their favorite community helper and hearing about their parents’ jobs make this learning experience stay with the children a long time!
Coops For Troops
Lakeland Elementary participates in a program called Coups For Troops. This organization collects manufacturer’s coupons that have expired. Volunteer centers in the US organize and send this coupons to troops and their families overseas where the commissaries accept them. Monthly LES send a box of collected coupons to support our troops overseas.
The Glee Club is open to all third, fourth, and fifth grade students that want to participate. The Glee club meets on Thursday and Friday mornings before school. Students must commit to coming to Glee Club one day a week, and to practicing the music at home. The Glee Club performs for the Veteran’s Day program, as well as a Holiday program in December, and a spring concert in May.
Go Green Team
This group helps Lakeland Lions become more environmentally aware and responsible. We pledge to make the LES campus a green zone. We collect paper and plastic waste from our school building. Every year for Earth Day we choose an item to recycle, and we donate it to a local charity. This year we are having a used clothing drive to help support the Neighborhood Christian Center.
The guitar ensemble is a club for 4th and 5th grade students that meets before school. Students learn to play several different chords to accompany the songs they sing. An opportunity for performance is given and percussion instruments are added to the accompaniment for the concert. They also learn to strum together, hold their guitars correctly, read chords, and tune their own guitars. This club is contingent upon local funding.
Humane Society Donations
LES turned a classroom project into a school-wide community service project during the holiday season. Donations, supplies, and veterinarian service certificates were collected for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. They care for over 300 animals on a daily basis relying on the generosity of others to keep the facility up and running. Lakeland students certainly showed their civic pride helping this worthy cause.
Kids Kan Drive
During the month of February, Lakeland participates with the Memphis Food Bank in its annual Kids Kan Food Drive in an effort to collect canned goods for distribution to the needy. We are proud to support this worthy community-wide service project. The food drive is a school contest based on the average number of cans collected per classroom. What a wonderful opportunity to teach young people the responsibility to feed the hungry and contribute to the community welfare.
The annual kindergarten camp is held the first full week of June each year for students who will be entering kindergarten at Lakeland the following school year. Students participate in a variety of activities to help them transition into the school setting such as art, computer, story time, music, reading and math activities. Campers paint their very own Lakeland Lion t-shirt during the week to wear on the final day. This year’s camp will be held June 2 – 6 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 and costs $75 for the week. Parents can call the school office for more information or to register.
In order to instill the core values of dignity, respect, courtesy, and kindness, we are initiating a new program called the Kindness Revolution. It is basically catching the students being good. Teachers and staff will be looking for students who are doing something kind towards someone else. The student will be given a golden ticket, which he/she will bring to the office. They will get to write their name in the celebrity book and get their name put on the Kindness board. This will allow them a chance to obtain the Mystery Motivator, which will be something special, valuable, unknown, and fun. Their parents will also get a phone call telling them what their child did to show kindness. This program will impact all kids and foster a positive environment in the school. The school counselors will administer the program.
Multi-Cultural Day is a learning experience in which we work with thee students to promote the acceptance of multiple ethnic cultures. We try to focus on cultural diversity, celebrate ethnic variety and teach tolerance. The students are introduced to different cultures by volunteers who describe the numerous contributions their diverse ethnic background has given to the world.
Read Across America
Every year on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2nd, the National Education Association (NEA) sponsors a READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY. Started in 1998 as a way to draw attention to the enjoyment of reading, it has become the nation’s largest one-day reading literacy event. Lakeland celebrates by inviting community members to read Dr. Seuss books to our students on or around his birthday.
The 4th and 5th grade Recorder Ensemble are performance ensembles and present two concerts each year. The 5th grade Recorder Ensemble performs a Christmas / Holiday program and the combined ensemble presents a Spring Concert.
Red Ribbon Week
The counselors plan a whole week of drug awareness activities in which the students participate in activities. Wearing mixed-matched socks to “sock it to drugs,” or signing a “just say no” pledge are examples. In addition, the counselors provide lessons during the month of October on the dangers of using drugs.
The spelling bee is a spelling competition open to 4th and 5th grade students. Two students are chosen to represent each homeroom. All of the contestants compete against each other by trying to correctly spell words called out by a “celebrity” word caller. Whenever a speller misspells a word, they are eliminated from the competition. The winner of the Lakeland Spelling Bee goes on to represent our school at the Mid-South Spelling Bee.
St. Jude Math-a-thon
Lakeland is proud to be one of the top schools in our area to have the largest donation sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital each year through our participation in the Math-a-thon. This year, K-2nd graders will be participating in the Math-a-thon. Students learn about St. Jude and their patients with a kick-off assembly. The students get sponsors for each problem that they complete. The students collect their sponsor donations and the money is sent to St. Jude. Students can earn prizes for the money they collect. This is a great way to support our community as well as sharpen our students’ math skills.
A group of 5th grade students is elected by a body of their peers to serve in student government. Members must represent the student body to the administrators, teachers, and the community. They must also serve as an advocate and spokesperson in making decisions that affect the student body. Activities include school and community fundraisers, talent show, and the organization a yearly election.
Each year Lakeland’s student body recognizes veterans from all services. The school has been very active in Forever Young which is a group that takes World War II veterans back to Europe and the Pacific where they served and to Washington, DC to visit the memorial erected in their honor. The program in November exemplifies to Lakeland’s students the importance of remembering the past.
The spirit of any book is an extension of its creators-the author and/or illustrator. In order to inspire LES students with the wondrous spirit of books and reading, the Lakeland PTA sponsors a yearly visit by a children’s author or illustrator. These authors/illustrators present the joys of writing or illustrating books through a variety of programs and school assemblies. In addition, autographed books by the author or illustrator are made available for purchase.
Walking Across America
Each 9 weeks, the PE department identifies a goal (Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Disney World, Final Four in Atlanta) and tracks the students’ distance in pursuit of that goal. The teachers chart the progress each week on a map, which encourages the students to work hard to reach our goal. Once the students have arrived at their destination, the entire school gets a celebration day.