Making school Memories
viewed a few of their members at the end of October, they’d already organized the Terry Fox Run, Spirit Day, a Halloween Costume Day, and were working on the coming Remembrance Day Ceremony, held on Monday, and the Awards Night on November 15th.
Vice-president Hannah Bowen, who lives in Hatley, spoke first about why she wanted to be on the student council: “I remember what the student council did for us when we were in level one. And then when I went to a Leadership Camp in level three, it really broadened my horizons. I decided I wanted to be part of making school fun for other kids.” “I went to Leadership Camp too and saw I had the potential to be on council – and now I’m the president!” said Jazmine Aldrich, from Stanstead.
“I joined because I’m just nosy; I want to know what’s going on. I also like to be involved,” said Mikhayla Patterson, of Baldwin Mills, the student council’s trea- surer. “This is my first year on council. I used to help out with activities before but had never joined the council, but I decided to try something different,” said Kaila Coulombe, of Sawyerville, who is a student council ‘walk-on’, someone who helps wherever they’re needed.
“We have a big student council this year, about twenty people. But, unfortunately, about 90 % of the council is in level five,” said Jazmine about a big con- cern for these members. “When we first came to this school, the participation in the activities was crazy – everybody was insane. But now we see less young people involved,” commented Mikhayla. “It seems like some activities are slowly dying. The level five students are really participating, like today, almost all the older students are wearing costumes for Halloween, but we don’t want the younger students to miss out. We want them to make some memories, too,” added the president.
“Our main challenge is to get students involved and not just cater to those already involved, but to those students who are uncomfortable about joining in,” said Hannah.
Besides organizing extracurricular activities for their fellow students, the student council must also fundraise for a good cause. “We chose the Arthritis Society. One of our teachers has a child with a rare form of arthritis, so knowing how it affected someone in our own community… and the students can relate to it because it’s close to home,” said Jazmine, adding: “We came close to choosing Lac Megantic.”
“We started raising money on Spirit Day. We had pie throwing at teachers and we sold popcorn and water bottles that were donated by the Mackey family,” explained Hannah. “The fundraising will be ongoing throughout the year.”
With the holiday season fast approaching, the student council will soon be running the annual “Can-o-thon”, a contest between the girls and boys of the school to see which group will gather the most canned food for Christmas baskets. “It’s a friendly competition for a good cause, and by friendly I mean guerilla warfare!” joked president Aldrich, although half seriously.
Reviving the old ‘sock hop’, better known as the school dance, gone for years, is also on this council’s agenda. “We’re trying to hold a Valentine’s Day Dance. I’m in level five and I’ve never been to a school dance!” said Kaila.
“We really want to make the school a healthier environment for the kids. Bullying is much less and we now have a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Club which supports that group of students. People don’t have to be gay or lesbian to join that club,” said Hannah.
When talking about what they liked about being on the student council, each of the girls had a different answer. “I feel important because I’m helping to change the school for the better, not just waiting for someone else to do it,” said Kaila. Mikhayla is happy to be making a difference, even helping to change some people. “Council helps us feel like we belong,” said Hannah. “I couldn’t not return to council after last year,” said Jazmine, adding: “Now I feel like I didn’t waste my high school experience.”
Asked if they had anything else to add, the girls all said: “Quick brainstorm” and joined hands in the middle of the table. They quickly came up with this concluding comment: “It’s not always fun to come to school, but if you can dress up funny, that makes memories. Don’t waste your high school experience and don’t forget to make some memories!”
If our newly elected municipal councilors could bring as much cooperativeness, humour, energy and concern about attracting the disengaged to their posts as these student councilors, wouldn’t that be great?