Ambassadors Offer a Warm Welcome to Corbett Prep Visitors
Corbett Prep Middle School students gain leadership experience volunteering to help newcomers at special events.
Oct. 9, 2013 (TAMPA, Fla.) – The students who volunteer as ambassadors for Corbett Preparatory School of IDS know how much first impressions matter.
They were among the first faces prospective families saw when they arrived for the Admissions Open House held earlier this month. Poised and smiling, the group was quick to offer help to newcomers on campus. Ambassadors gave directions, led tours and fielded questions, sharing what they love about their school and developing leadership skills in the process.
Middle School students may sign up for the ambassador program in seventh and eighth grade. They help at the Admissions Open Houses, Grandparents’ Day and other important school events. The ambassador program allows guests to see Corbett Prep through students’ eyes. It also gives the students a chance to polish public speaking and leadership skills that will come in handy when they interview at high schools and colleges.
“I’ve always taken pride in being a leader,” says Kiran Khetarpal, a seventh grader. “I want as much experience as I can.
For eighth grader Taylor Wooldridge, being an ambassador lets her gain practice talking to different people in a variety of situations. Taylor, who was an ambassador last year as well, also likes the chance to show visitors the ways Corbett Prep classes go above and beyond traditional school assignments.
The ambassadors prepared with Headmaster Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman before the Open House by demonstrating the power of confidence, poise and integrity. They also talked about projecting a positive presence.
Seventh grader Ben Davis says he is happy to participate in the ambassador program.
“I like to be a leader and help people,” Ben says. “I know how amazing a school this is. I want them to experience the same thing I experienced.”