Meadows Elementary Students Work Together on Student Council

With agendas and pencils in hand, 31 Meadows Elementary School students met for their monthly student council meeting to discuss fundraising opportunities and to decide how to spend the raised funds. In October, after a school-wide vote, the student council chose to have a water bottle refilling station installed at their school. Being a part of the student council allows students to experience responsibility, develop clear communication skills and engage in their own education.

Ashley Garcia, fifth grade Meadows teacher and student council sponsor, explains, Students will care more and participate more if they have a buy in. I think we need to give them a chance to become leaders and make decisions. They will care more about their school and their education if they are a part of it.

The water bottle filling station will provide students and staff with another source of clean water and will essentially replace throw away cups and bottles, reducing unnecessary waste. The water bottle filling station is estimated to cost $1,000 and will be installed within the next year. Garcia suggests that giving students access to sustainable clean water can help keep them stay hydrated and focused in class.

To be selected for student council, students fill out an application that is reviewed by a teacher committee. The committee then selects one boy and one girl from each class to represent their grade. Second through fifth graders are eligible to apply. Fifth graders are also selected for an executive committee to run the student council meetings. Students in each class vote on fundraising options and hand off their decision to their selected student ambassadors to be represented at the student council meetings.

Meadows prides itself in providing students with the opportunity to be a part of their student council program. By giving younger students additional responsibility, they become more invested in Meadows and their own education. By giving students a meaningful voice, decisions can be made that better benefit the school, staff and students.

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