USFSP Leadership students headed out to St. Petersburg’s Clam Bayou Nature Preserve recently as hosts of young leaders from Fairmount Park Elementary School. The canoeing field trip, directed by Tampa Bay Times Outdoor Editor and USFSP Instructor Terry Tomalin, was an opportunity for the USFSP students to share ideas about leadership, college and the outdoors with 4th and 5th graders who are members of Fairmount’s Leadership Club.
“Our USFSP students learned that through even the smallest gestures, they can have a significant impact on a child’s life through a conversation, a smile, some reassurance and a quiet paddle on a beautiful waterway,” said Fred Bennett, community liaison for the USFSP College of Education and leadership faculty. “Leadership happens one person and one moment at a time. Hopefully, someday, some of these Fairmount students will be leading the trip as USFSP students.”
USFSP teaches leadership courses, including a Leadership minor, through the Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership and Civic Engagement.