Student council elections teach good citizenship

Story and photo by Christine June
U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern

***image1***Good citizenship was the character trait of the day during student council elections Nov. 20 at the Kaiserslautern American Elementary School.

Elizabeth Fahy, co-sponsor of the KAES Student Council, was asked by students if they had to vote.

“You have to care about what is going on with the group you are in – school, city and country,” she said.

Fifteen fourth- and fifth-graders campaigned for almost two weeks for three student council officer positions – president, vice president and secretary.

“I felt that I could do some things for this school – change a few things like add to spirit week and have some things that are nice for the school,” said Troy Clark, KAES fourth-grader who ran for student council president.

These self-nominated campaigns consisted of making and distributing posters throughout the school, and writing and giving a speech to third-to-fifth-grade students. Results were announced throughout the school Nov. 21. Troy won his bid for the presidency. His vice president is Sami Patrick, and his secretary is Spencer Fackler.

Now, each third-to-fifth-grade classroom will elect a student council representative and alternate, giving the student council 10 members and seven alternates.

Representing a school body of more than 200, the student council generally meets once a month, but when special projects come up, meetings can happen a couple of times a week, said Ms. Fahy.

Projects this year’s student council will be planning are their school’s involvement in holiday programs, spirit and book weeks, and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. They will also come up with a program to donate items to military members downrange and outpatients at the Medical Transition Detachment on Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

“Student council is very important for students to feel that they have a role in their school,” said Ms. Fahy. “Plus, it develops leadership skills at a young age.”