~STUDENT COUNCIL UPDATE~  Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

*Representatives*                                                                                                  

The Student Council switched class representatives at semester to allow all fifth graders the opportunity to participate.  Jack Bandstra and Mariah Creason are sharing the K-2nd representative position (one each quarter) and Caleb Jergenson is the 3rd-4th grade representative.  Robert Dobrowski was appointed Student Council Vice President for the seat vacated by Mitchell Creason.  McKade Payne is the Treasurer, Julie Waldron is the Secretary and McLain Payne is the President.  We will take turns inviting a fourth grader to our spring meetings, allowing them the opportunity to understand how student council operates, so they will be ready for next year.  Most of the student council officers attended an officer training in October to learn the roles of their position and gain a better understanding of Parliamentary Procedures, as we practice those regularly at our meetings.

*ASPEN~Abuse Support & Prevention Network Education*                                          

Last spring, the student council voted to purchase supplies for this network with a budget of $100.  On Friday, February 12th, a group of seven students went with Mrs .Payne and Sara Bandstra to Town & Country Foods.  They purchased supplies for Aspen, (formerly Tri County Network).  They spent $99.48 for supplies, then delivered them to the doorstep of the “safe house”.

*Food Resource Center*                                                                                          

The 5th-8th class took a field trip to the Food Resource Center back in December.  They took a wonderful tour of this brand new facility with FRC CEO Michael McCormick.  Along with a tour, we bagged weekend food supplies for over two hundred and forty families in Park County.  The students loved the tour and the experience of helping Livingston families and chose to volunteer once a month for the rest of the year, (although some students offered to volunteer once a month).  Our second visit was Wednesday, February 24th.  A group of seven students went with Mrs. Payne to the Food Resource Center to bag two hundred and fifty bags of groceries for the Livingston School District’s “back pack program”.  We are scheduled to volunteer again on Wednesday, March 23rd, Thursday, April 14th and also in May. 

*Book Drive*

The students voted to start collecting books for a school wide book drive to be held in April or May.

*Gum Friday*                                                                                                                  

The students have raised over $25+ thus far, helping to fund the school holiday parties.  We have not heard of any misplaced gum or wrappers, so they are responsible chompers. 

*Lilac Tree*                                                                                                         

The Lilac Tree we planted last fall has buds!

*We have a great group of energetic and loyal students.  It is a pleasure to be a part of such an outstanding group of individuals.  I appreciate their dedication.