Pittsburg middle school approved for student council - KOAM TV 7

Pittsburg middle school approved for student council


8th graders at Pittsburg Middle School  learn the beginnings of American Government in class, but now they'll have the opportunity to be part of student government at school.  The Pittsburg School Board approved a formal student council for the middle school and for funding to pay a group adult sponsor. 

Assistant principal Chris king says, " Knowing that we are growing tomorrows leaders, one thing we  wanted to make sure we did is make opportunities for students to take leadership roles." 

And students are ready to run for office.  8th grader Joey Biggs says, "so that kids can really have a voice,  should lunch lines be here and where should fundraisers be over, and stuff like that." 

Journey Daramillo, another 8th grader says, "I  noticed rest room upstairs is different like colorful and  we want to know why ours isn't like that.

 The middle school currently  has a student congress which doesn't have leadership posts,  that meets once a month.  This  way administrators and the students say  the students can be more empowered.  Journey says,  " It'll be a good ting because  I think that adults really don't know kids opinions so its good to have a kids opinion." 

The new student council is a more formal organization with a  sponsor to guide kids and  even getting them  involved in the community.  Inside school,  officials hope they are a liaison for what students need and want.

 Activities director King says, " We provide a lot of  opportunities for many kids, but we don't hit all kids. And  we are going through this  year and  we're doing an audit of what we offer and whose taking part in that.  And one way that we can get input of things we can offer to reach all of our kids is through input from the kids." 

And one thing they want is a chance to campaign and vote.
 Biggs says, " Definitely,  so that everybody can have a say in who they trust and woo they think would be a good leaders."

The sponsorship position will be advertised and pays seven hundred dollars a year. The new student council will meet twice a month. 

The council is being modeled after one at the high school including its constitution.  To see that click here.


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