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National organization leader to visit, train McAllen students

McAllen ISD students will receive unique training as part of a global phenomenon this week.

The head of the Choose 2 Matter movement will visit McAllen ISD and train students from elementary, middle school and high school about becoming Choose 2 Matter Ambassadors.

Students from each elementary and middle school that feeds into McAllen High will participate along with selected students from McAllen Memorial and James “Nikki” Rowe High. The training will be from 9 a.m. – noon on Tuesday, December 13, at McAllen High (2021 La Vista Ave.).

Angela Maiers, the creator of Choose 2 Matter, will handle the training. The students who become ambassadors will then take the campaign back to their campuses.

According to the Choose 2 Matter website, Choose 2 Matter is a universal movement that challenges us to make “mattering” a way of life. When people accept that they matter and that their actions count; lives and learning change and our world changes. Choose 2 Matter challenges people in three ways:

  • To accept that you matter and that your actions count;
  • To accelerate the message that everyone matters;
  • To act by leveraging collective genius to solve problems.

McAllen High Principal Albert Canales heard about Choose 2 Matter in May 2015 and Teacher Jennifer Rodriguez introduced Choose 2 Matter to her students in the fall of that year where it was swiftly embraced by the student body.

Students wrote quick notes on cards on why someone matters and handed the card to the person. They wrote about other individuals that matter to them on a large banner hung in the school.

They produced a Storify of Tweets telling how they stepped into their role as Choose 2 Matter Ambassadors and sharing the message throughout the community.

The students were so enthusiastic that it prompted Maiers to visit McAllen High in December 2015. Later, Mayor Jim Darling visited the campus to learn about it. He declared McAllen a city in which “Everyone Matters” at his annual State of the City address in spring 2016.

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