This year for Student Council, we are looking into revamping and strengthening the program so we can better help our school and community. Two years ago, we created the first ever Student Council Leadership Retreat, which was run by Ms. Penchansky, and held at school. Last year, we further developed the self-run leadership exploration and held it off-campus at Kimball Farm. However, this year we would like to have an expert facilitate the retreat to better challenge the students and provide them with the resources they need to become better leaders and teammates. The retreat is to be held on Monday, September 25th at NARA Park in Acton and will be facilitated by Adventure In Adventure Out. If we have perfect attendance, 37 Student Council members along with various advisors will attend the event.
Our reasons for holding this event include: building stronger relationships as a group, developing as a leader, and learning that different roles are needed in a group in order to be successful and that listening and support is just as important as leading. In addition, we will work to develop events for the 2017-2018 school year that will benefit the school and greater community, such a Pink Week (in which we raise awareness and donate funds to the American Cancer Society), Community Service Week (in which we raise money for the Groton Community Children’s Fund, shop for Christmas presents for children in the community, collect over 1000 lbs of food and clothing for local food and clothing banks, etc.), Rest and Relaxation week, and holding activities to build community and school spirit. Last year’s Leadership event helped ensure a successful year for Student Council, but we feel that we now need to reach out to professionals to continue to grow.
We have been working extremely hard the past few years to build our program so we can improve upon our community’s spirit and found that each year we have more and more success, which I think has a lot to due with the Leadership Retreat which provides us with a solid foundation. To prepare for this Leadership Retreat, Student Council has worked hard to keep the price as low as possible so all students can attend the retreat by fundraising, reaching out to the HS, and negotiating. The Principal has agreed to cover the cost of the bus ($645) and Adventure In Adventure Out has worked with us to bring the price down from $2500 to $1872.
In addition, Student Council has raised $500 to put towards the retreat; however, due to new rules with car washes, we were not able to fundraise the desired amount and are therefore reaching out to GDEF.