School government, sometimes called the student council, should conduct projects throughout the year to give back to the school and community. Like elected officials in public office, those in school government have an obligation to represent their classmates in the school and the community. To put a positive face on the school, community service projects should be integrated into school projects for the members of the school government.
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During the winter, homeless shelters and food banks find their resources stretched by more people seeking shelter and food. Organise a schoolwide cold weather drive to collect blankets, coats, gloves, hats and canned foods. The school government members should prepare drop-off boxes for each classroom. Ask the school's copy room for empty paper boxes, then decorate each of these with the teacher's name and classroom number on it. Hold a contest so the class which donates the most gets a pizza or ice cream party or another principal-approved reward. Be sure to clear parties with the school administration. After a given amount of time, donate the supplies to the local homeless shelter and food bank.
Clean Up Day
Host a neighbourhood clean up day. Ask for volunteers from the school to meet on a Saturday morning at the school. Give everyone heavy work gloves and garbage sacks. Send out the volunteers in groups of three or four to the area surrounding the school to pick up litter from the road sides. Choose a radius from the school based on the number of volunteers available. For a small group, just clean up a one block radius around the school, larger groups might do up to three blocks on all sides of the school. Be sure to include the school campus as well. This is best for high school governments. Elementary and middle school student government groups should have one adult chaperoning each group.
Have students at the school make and donate Christmas, Valentine's Day or generic holiday cards. Collect the cards and have the members of the student school government take them to a local nursing home or women's shelter. Spend some time with the residents of the centre when giving the cards to make the visit more meaningful. Remember, not everyone at these places has family who can see them for the holidays.
Contact a nearby school for younger children. For instance, high school student governments should contact middle or elementary schools. Ask the principal of the school if members of the student government can tutor struggling children at the school before or after classes. Tutor the children in the school library with the permission of the principal and the librarian. This project is especially useful for low-income schools where the parents of students might not be able to afford professional tutoring services for their children.
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