Fourth grade members of the Student Leadership Team at Aquebogue Elementary School shared their leadership skills by reading to other classes in the building. Photo courtesy of Riverhead Central School District

Fourth grade members of the Student Leadership Teams from Aquebogue Elementary School showed their leadership skills and read to other classes in the building.

To celebrate April Autism Awareness Month, the students read “A Friend Like Simon” by Kate Gaynor, “The Girl Who Thought in Pictures” by Julia Finley Mosca and “All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism” by Shaina Rudolph.

“This was a great opportunity for the Student Leaders to be viewed as role models and to create a larger sense of community within the school building,” said team advisor and fourth grade teacher Tami Koller. “Our leaders were beaming with pride after each time they read, and the thanks and appreciation they received from each class created a rewarding experience for all involved.”

Students practiced before they went to the other classes by reading to each other and researching autism.

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