I am the Student Council advisor of a school with approx. 1400 students. Our council has 18 officers and about 40 members. Our goal is to develop activities that unite the school and community by teaching students they have a responsiblity to their community and peers. This can be extremely difficult as the school is located in an impoverised area.
Just this past week I took a group of 8 students to the South Carolina Association of Student Councils Leadership Camp. My students descibed camp as a life changing experience. They learned leadership strategies, networked with other schools, and most importantly met other students just like them who are motivated and want to make a difference in their schools and communities.
Our goal this year is to raise $5000 dollars that can be used for student activities and leadership opportunities, like camp,for the student council. These programs are critical in teaching my students how to be effective leaders. Camp alone costs $2500.
If we were awarded a classroom donation we would upgrade the technology in my classroom. Perhaps one of the most important aspects of uniting the school and community is getting the word out. New technology would allow us to create press releases for the local papers, make eye catching flyers to announce upcoming events, and allow us the opportunity to manage our councils social media.