Students in grades 3-5 now have an opportunity to serve in a leadership role on Mariam Boyd’s very own Student Council. The Student Council was co-founded by the school’s 4th grade teachers, who thought a leadership outlet could be good for skill development in the upper grades. The student council helps share students' ideas, interests, and concerns with teachers and school administration. The committee will also work to raise funds for school-wide activities, complete community projects, and brainstorm ideas for school reform.
Student council elections were held earlier this quarter, and included campaign posters, speeches, and a voting process. Student council members were elected through votes from their peers and were required to meet a set criteria before being allowed to run for office.
The student council consists of 3 third grade students, 3 fourth grade students, and 4 fifth grade students, who will lead and participate in school improvement projects throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Ms. Shirlecia Hunt, who helped to co-found the student council, believes that “the Student Council program is giving students the foundation they need to be superb leaders in the future.”
Current 4th grader and newly elected student council member Ashtyn Silver commented that she is “excited to help others and take the opportunity to make my school a better place.” Ashtyn, along with her 9 cohorts have already started brainstorming ways they can work to improve school culture, and become involved in the community.
In the future, Student Council elections will take place in the first month of the school year. Mariam Boyd staff is excited to see the Student Council grow, and they look forward to identifying more ways students can become involved in the school community.