NewsDepth A+: CESA

Do you know what a BHAG is? It stands for Big Hairy Audacious Goal. It’s a goal that somebody sets for themselves that will really require them to step up their game to achieve. Well, the Cloverleaf Elementary Student Ambassadors, CESA for short, set a BHAG over the holidays. This week’s A+ Award goes to CESA for setting, and reaching, one impressive BHAG.

CESA is a group of 32 fifth graders at Cloverleaf Elementary School, in Lodi. They have to apply to a group of teachers to be accepted in the group and the group's main goal is to make the school and community a better place to live and learn. Each fifth grade class has four CESA representatives.

This year, the group set a goal of collecting 4,000 cans for their local food bank for Thanksgiving. That’s not all they do! They also sponsor a toy drive. This year, they collected over 350 toys for children in their community. That’s an impressive amount of toys, if you ask me. They also help younger students with classwork and lend a helping hand around the school.

Kenna, who is in CESA, told us that they also do fundraisers for a wide range of charities and do Black History programming to help teach about the importance of diversity. According to Kenna, “the opportunity to help is really important.” She also shared that it’s really important to have a positive attitude about helping others. When we asked Kenna for some advice on how to be successful she told us that you should “always try to make good decisions and keep yourself organized.”

For those of you who are wondering, CESA did reach their goal. They collected a whopping 4,532 cans for their local food bank! This week’s A+ Award goes to the Cloverleaf Elementary Student Ambassadors for setting big goals, and reaching them! Keep up the great work!

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