Leadership program for Westport 7th, 8th graders set
A Westport after-school program giving seventh- and eighth-grade students the opportunity to learn leadership skills is scheduled to begin in March at Toquet Hall.
The Toquet Hall Leadership Club will meet on four consecutive Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. It begins March 24 and concludes April 14.
Students who would like to be considered for the program must attend one of two information sessions, March 2 or 3 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Toquet Hall.
Barbara Butler, the town's human services director, said the program is free and will focus on ledership skills in a structured yet relaxed atmosphere. Refreshments will be served at each meeting.
She said human services staff have developed a program that incorporates a variety of curriculums to foster communication skills, build self-esteem and enhance leadership ability in middle school students.
"Through team building activities, self-exploration and teen dialogue, participating students will have a chance to work together to address issues affecting teens in their community," Butler said.
Applications must be returned no later than March 11. Applications are available at the middle school counseling offices, online at www.toquethall.org, or by contacting Kevin Godburn 203-341-1155 or Elaine Daignault at 203-341-1165.