2011-04-15 / School News

Waterside School Exercises Leadership Skills

At the Waterside School for Leadership, scholars are reminded that leadership comes in many forms. They are taught that leadership traits like working hard, managing time effectively, and going the extra mile are applicable to any subject and will reap rewards in the long run. This was clearly the case for Waterside scholar, Skyler Quinn, whose artwork was selected out of thousands of entries by the Department of Education as one of three runner-up entries in the 2011 Wellness Poster Contest.

As part of an initiative to promote Wellness, the NYC DOE’s Office of School Wellness Program invited all students across the city to submit designs for a poster promoting Wellness in Schools. Of the thousands of New York City public school students in grades K-12 who submitted poster designs for the 2010-11 contest, there were only two prizes given in each of the following three grade-level categories: elementary (K-5), middle (6-8), and high (9-12). The first place winner in each category was offered $1,000 of fitness equipment. The second place runners up in each category were guaranteed $500 in equipment for their school.

Encouraged by her art teacher, Rebecca Antolak, Skyler Quinn proudly represented the Rockaways and the Waterside School for Leadership by submitting her poster design highlighting what she felt is most important about staying healthy for life. Quinn’s artwork spoke to the benefits of eating nutritious food and being physically fit and her final design will be featured on the DOE website. In addition, Waterside will receive $500-worth of instructional materials to support their physical education and health education programs. In addition to physical education classes, Waterside programs include extracurricular basketball, floor hockey and double dutch. Lastly, Skyler will be presented with a Certificate of Excellence at the citywide awards celebration at the Tweed Courthouse on Monday, June 6.

“This is a real representation of Waterside excellence,” Principal Linda T. Munro remarked. “Under the direction of Ms. Rebecca Antolak, art has been used to support learning, express emotions and transform our learning environment. Skyler’s piece is a shining example of how leading your own learning and doing your very best will always take you places!”

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