Each year, our school provides the opportunity to our grade 7 and 8 students to apply for, and join the Rowntree Montessori Athletic and Academic Council (RMAAC). One of the responsibilities of our RMAAC members is to run the Asian Heritage Day. This event is held annually in the month of May, which is Asian Heritage Month.
My goal as an RMAAC coordinator is to have each RMAAC member take progressively more and more responsibility and leadership while running these events. The “Asian Heritage Day” is the culmination of all the hard work our committed members put in to the council. The Asian Heritage event is each RMAAC member’s opportunity to shine and succeed as they demonstrate their growing leadership skills. As a teacher and an RMAAC coordinator, I must say that it is a hard task to let your students go on their own and organize and run a whole school event day; it can be really quite stressful for me to entirely let them do their own thing. An 8 week process, which begins with an introduction to the task and expectations, is broken down weekly to allow council members to organize their event. The first 2 or 3 weeks of planning give a great opportunity for me to sit back and watch the emerging leadership abilities of our members grow and shine.
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The RMAAC members decided to create a day where each class had the opportunity to move through 6 different stations, each relating to a different country in and around Asia. The stations ranged from having your picture taken in front of a monument in Asia, to learning how to write Mandarin words, to even creating their own Chinese Lanterns. The creativity of each of our RMAAC members was astounding, and it helped to ensure the stations were not only fun for the students but that they represented and paid homage to Asian Heritage.
Looking back, it is with great pleasure that I am able to say what a success our “Asian Heritage Day” was. Planning the day was an invaluable tool to help our RMAAC members develop time management, communication and organization skills, among others, and it is the development of our students that is the greatest reward for me as an RMAAC coordinator.