Smith Initiates Student Council, Raises Money for Heart Health

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As leaders of their school, Smith Elementary’s Student Council members care about the success of their peers, both academic and physical. That’s why they’re raising awareness for heart health throughout the months of February and March. But they’re also appealing to their classmates’ character through fundraising initiatives for the American Heart Association. Nearly $500 has already been collected, and more donations are expected.

Tasked with beautifying the campus and helping other students/clubs, Smith’s Student Council was created during the 2011-12 school year. It’s made up of second through fourth graders, sponsored by teachers Krystle Gomez and Debra Hill. The Council meets once a week during Smithville days to discuss student needs and concerns. Members brainstormed fundraising ideas for the American Heart Association because February was Heart Health Awareness Month. “They had to set up a meeting with Principal [Shea] Shaefer to pitch their ideas and gain approval,” explained Gomez. “She okayed everything, supported, and really encouraged them.” Initiatives included selling Valentine lollipops, collecting money for student red shirt and jeans days participation, and filling a jar with candy and having students pay to guess how many pieces it contained.

Smith’s Student Council is now promoting participation in the national Hoops for Heart fundraising campaign, which will continue through the end of March.  Donations will be added to what the school has already collected before being donated to the American Heart Association. The Council is also currently brainstorming ideas to raise money for the purchase of pompoms for the school’s Cheer Club. “It’s wonderful to see them care about their peers and our school,” said Gomez. Officer elections were recently held, and fourth grader Ian Gomez was elected to be President. “I am proud to represent Smith Elementary,” he said. “I have things I promised to do for the students, and I hope to help the school raise money for the things we need.”