ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- Donovan Mitchell, manager of player relations and community outreach for the New York Mets, stressed the importance of decision making and creating lifelong personal goals during the opening of “Leadership Day,” a special daylong initiative at Alexander Hamilton Junior/Senior High School in the Elmsford Union Free School District on Friday, Sept. 5.
Mitchell, an Elmsford native and an Alexander Hamilton graduate, spoke to a packed auditorium that included administrators, teachers and students. He credited instructors, sports coaches and others in the Elmsford schools for much of his success. “Hard work is about taking pride in yourself,” said Mitchell. “Be willing to go the extra mile, knowing that here is always someone watching.” Alexander Hamilton Principal Marc Baiocco reiterated the importance of such principles, adding that AHHS is not merely a school but rather a “family” that is intent on providing students with a safe, secure environment in which to learn. “We are here to get you exactly what you deserve, and that is a quality education.” The day’s schedule was packed with several events, including the chance for students to engage in workshops led by peer leaders trained in Stephen Covey’s "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," as well as a number of team building activities coordinated by AHHS instructors and focused on critical thinking and problem solving. The chance to form the letters AHHS on the baseball grounds was a fun team-building activity for everyone as was an ice bucket challenge on the soccer field, which rounded out the day’s events.
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