Omaha students initiate council

A group of eighth-graders at All Saints School in Omaha came to Principal Terri Bush at the beginning of the school year with a simple idea: We’d like to create a student council.

They wanted to be more involved in the school and its offerings. 

Brainstorming on election ideas during an elective time centered on leadership skills, Bush and about 18 students came up with Sept. 4 elections and invited sixth- through eighth-graders to run for student council president, vice president, treasurer and secretary.

Now, the student council is organizing student-run tutor assistance and selling baked goods at lunchtime for a first-ever school dance, with plans to charge $5 in advance and $10 at the door. The dance, in turn, will raise money for a school-wide field trip, or jerseys for the basketball team, or to meet another need, said Christina Laa, vice president.

“I wanted to have others’ voices be heard, and my voice to be heard,” Laa said of her decision to run for office. “It’s going well.”

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