Taylor Vincent walks carefully between the lines of excited, energetic kindergartners coming in from recess.From time to time, she’ll gently remind the young students to stay in line and keep their voices down.
Vincent, a Hathaway Elementary fifth-grader, is a member of the Peacemakers program, designed to help decrease playground conflicts among younger students and promote positive behavior.
“It’s also an opportunity for our older students to pay it forward,” commented Molly Hayes, school social worker. “They’re learning to problem solve and in turn, help the younger kids resolve their own conflicts.”
According to Vincent, the biggest issues tend to be conflicts over wall ball rules, soccer, tag, and pushing and shoving in line.
It is her second year as a Peacemaker.
“I like helping kids with their problems,” she said. “If they are sad, I want to see them happy.”