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Briarwood students (pictured, from left) Dominic Staples, Olivia Trulock and Carson McConnell sort inventory at WHAM.
The Student Council at The Briarwood School began the year with exciting plans. Their first activity was planned to build bonds with their team. They addressed that goal with good, old-fashioned trust exercises accomplished at their annual retreat. A day at the Main Event did the trick. Council members enjoyed bowling, laser tag, and bumper cars. These activities allowed them to develop and build upon relationships with one another. These stronger relationships will be the foundation that Student Council members will use throughout the rest of the year.
The Council is divided into subcommittees that deal with projects such as pep rallies, dances, communication between the faculty and the students. The Briarwood School requires its students to have community service hours, and the Student Council is instrumental when it comes to assisting students as they meet that requirement. The Council plans events that make finding service opportunities easier. They organized Coins for Cancer, an effort to raise money for an organization called Big Love. The money that Big Love collects goes to several hospitals including Texas Children’s Hospital and Dell Children’s Medical Center. These hospitals use the money to support programs such as Birthday Boxes, outpatient meals, and gifts during the holidays for cancer patients.
At Thanksgiving, the Council collects and distributes food to WHAM, a local agency that provides food for people in need. Ms. Cindy Witte, one of the Council sponsors, reported that, “We raised over 1,000 pounds of food and hygiene products for the WHAM shelter.” Mr. James Gray, another sponsor, explained, “The more we give, the more we find ourselves.”
Throughout the school year, The Briarwood Student Council will continue to look for community service opportunities that give students practical ways to learn about the community and to serve the community and the school.