Beecher Road School Student Council recently said good-bye to its first generation of sixth grade students at a breakfast celebration in June. They remembered the many projects they were involved with, ranging from fundraisers to a campaign to greet each other with “good morning”.
Heidi Saxe from the Jeremy Saxe Foundation was present to thank students for their generosity participating in the Nickles for Nepal fund raiser. It netted $400 for the earthquake-shaken area. “Four hundred dollars will have a big impact,” Saxe said to the children.
They also got a video-taped thank-you from the Search Dog Foundation in California, for which they initiated a fundraiser. Much like the Student Council work is designed to further community, spirit, service and vision, it takes exactly that to run the search dog foundation, she said.
The student council, consisting of fifth and sixth grade students, designed activities to fulfill all of those values in the year and a half that they’ve been operating. “You did an awful lot of things,” said Sandy Simowitz, student council advisor.
There were movie nights, bake sales, sponsoring a child from Bolivia; Nickles for Nepal; also the “Good morning” challenge, spirit week; volunteering for a number of events such as the second grade math Olympics; and a Wacky Relay for Kindergarten.
Council members also helped the School Climate Partnership by inviting student input to improve the atmosphere on bus rides to and from school. They found that cell phone use for games on school busses often led to added tension and what students experienced as bullying. School Supt. Dr. Guy Stella thanked the students for their input. “You have the gift of giving and the gift of empathy,” he said. “You are good local, national and global citizens.”
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent