Recently, Assemblyman Brian Curran honored Team Orchid of Plaza School in Baldwin as part of his Second Annual Youth Leadership Event.
“I am very proud to honor this group of outstanding young people from Baldwin,” said Curran. “They are putting their time to good use, learning about the world around them and preparing themselves for potential careers in a number of creative areas. I am very excited to see what the future holds for these young leaders.”
What started as a homegrown character education program five years ago has evolved into a multimedia platform in which children can report “the good stuff” in the world (school) around them. In their GOOD STUFF CAFÉ, a creative space in the school’s basement, Team Orchid members give up their recess to take school stories from inspiration to publication. Students are immersed in interviews, reporting, literary responses, informational/creative writing, social activism, web design and photography as they learn to see the school around them as a collective community. In this student-directed environment, they write on purpose and with purpose so they can tell the story of their learning.
The members of Team Orchid in attendance were: Makaila Abeny, Michael Alfaro, Neuville Brown, Naz Buyukkaya, Ian Chan, Chayse Charles, Jaylen Desir, Asia Dowe, Ryan Foderingham, Caiden Kitchen, Alvin Lopez, Edwin Lopez, Caitlyn Membreno, Jillian Rickford and Erin Timmes.