2017-01-22 / Insight

Lightning Ambassadors bring positive culture to Lapeer High

BY KRYSTAL MORALEE
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Lightning Ambassador Erika Barker pours pennies into the coin counting machine at Lakestone Bank & Trust’s main branch after the group held Penny Wars to raise money for Holiday Depot. 
Photo by Krystal Moralee Lightning Ambassador Erika Barker pours pennies into the coin counting machine at Lakestone Bank & Trust’s main branch after the group held Penny Wars to raise money for Holiday Depot. Photo by Krystal Moralee LAPEER — Moving into a new school can be a challenge, so a group of students at Lapeer High School has made it their mission to make that transition a little easier for incoming students, whether they’re coming in as sophomores or have just moved to the area.

Counselor Cheryl Price started the Lightning Ambassadors group two years ago at Lapeer High, and there are currently 36 students involved, in grades 10-12.

“It was my idea and my former administrator, Matt Olson,” Price said. “So far, they have been at all orientations to welcome students, hosted a transition day where the entire ninth-grade class from Zemmer came for a tour and presentation by the Ambassadors. They are also called on when we get new students to spend the day shadowing them and showing them around.”

The Ambassadors also do community service projects. For example, they had a Penny Wars fundraiser in December, and made a donation to Holiday Depot with those funds. They volunteer in local soup kitchens, too.

“They have also presented and helped show parents around the building for evening events such as opportunity night, curriculum nights and our college fairs,” said Price. “In addition, they mentor struggling or at-risk students and tutor them and help them with organizational skills. Also, we hosted a welcome lunch for sophomores at the beginning of the year and have had welcome tailgates at the first football games.”

The Ambassadors are, above all, a welcoming committee for incoming and existing students, making all feel as comfortable as possible, while setting a good example while making a difference in the community inside and outside the school walls.

“Ambassadors bring a positive culture to our school,” said Price. “They are role models and bring positive energy. They have a passion to help others, and they positively influence other students.”

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