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Elementary students hone verbal skills in Debate Club
by Tribune Staff
Dec 04, 2011 | 2011 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Washoe County School District’s youngest learners sharpened their argumentative skills last week as they got together for a meeting of the Washoe County Elementary School Debate Club, an extracurricular activity designed to build childrens’ self-confidence and develop speech, critical thinking, research and presentation skills.

The club is open to all WCSD students from kindergarten through sixth grade and meets at Double Diamond Elementary School on Tuesdays. Last week’s meeting kicked off this year’s session but students are welcome to join the club during any meeting. There is no cost to join.

During the debate club meetings, students take a position on an issue and then do research throughout the week to gather support for their position. Club meetings start with warm-up drills to help pronunciation and team-building exercises. The students then divide into groups to discuss topics of interest and they choose a side of the issue they want to debate. Parent leader Lauren Klein and UNR debater Kelli Brill are co-facilitators for the club.

For more information, contact Klein at 336-8204 or 850-6212 or by e-mail at info@laurenklein.net.

 

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