When a new student arrives at Richard W. Warren Middle School, there’s another student waiting to show him or her around.
Guides who assist new pupils are members of a group of students known as Warren Pioneer Ambassadors.
In addition to helping new students, the ambassadors perform other services at the school including providing assistance during parent-teacher conferences.
“They are just an amazing group of students,” said teacher Sharon Kuchinski, who advises the ambassadors.
The group of eighth-graders also help promote character trait words. The Leavenworth school district focuses on a different trait each month as part of a character education program.
The Warren Pioneer Ambassadors have produced short videos to highlight some of the character traits. The videos have been shown to the rest of the student body.
Kuchinski said student creativity drives the Warren Pioneer Ambassadors program.
“It’s totally student driven,” she said.
In December, the ambassadors organized a flash mob during a school music program to promote the character trait “cooperation.”
“I think the entire student body was caught off guard by that,” Kuchinski said.
There are 22 students in the Warren Pioneer Ambassadors program. They meet as one of Kuchinski’s classes and can utilize a period during the school day called Pioneer Time.
She said the application process for the program includes writing an essay and being interviewed by a panel.
Kuchinski said Warren had the ambassador program last year, but it’s more visible this year.
Leavenworth High School also has an ambassador program. And Kuchinski said she communicates to a high school counselor regarding eighth-graders in the Warren program.