As the 2012-2013 school year moves along, student councilors across town, recently elected by their peers, begin the work of planning and preparing for various benefits and fundraisers.
Oakdale Elementary School Principal, Holli Armstrong, recently held the first of many meetings with her newly appointed fifth grade student council. With the largest enrollment numbers in town, the student councilors at Oakdale are responsible for many significant events, benefiting both the school and the community.
Last year's group sold personalized ceramic tiles, which helped raise funds for school activities.
The tiles have just been delivered and this year's students are sorting and preparing them to be hung. The duties of any student council member, is to set a good example for other children and to act as a liaison between the student body and the teachers and administrators. Good grades and proper behavior are a must.
At Oakdale, handmade “suggestion boxes” have been placed in each of the school's three, 5th grade classrooms. Students are encouraged to submit any reasonable ideas and suggestions.
These suggestions are discussed by the student council and presented to Ms. Armstrong.
In year's past, Principal Armstrong and the children at Oakdale, have donated hundreds of items to the Dedham Food Pantry at Thanksgiving. They have “Caroled for Coins” at Christmas for the needy, brought flowers to the elderly in nursing homes around town, and held many “in house” fundraisers to help finance field trips and other school activities.
At times, the work is hard and the hours are long, but the end result – helping to make Oakdale and the community a better place – is always worth it! Keep up the good work everyone.