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 Superintendent's Student Advisory Council Gives Opportunities to RPS 205 Students

10/10/2018 5:00 AM

​In the last 12 years of my time being a student in RPS 205, I have always tried to be involved within my community. I’m the kind of person who likes to help others more than I help myself, and I like when people are happy and have little-to-no conflicts. I have volunteered at things like helping coach soccer to little kids, Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, Misericordia’s Family Fest, Student Council in middle and high school, and a lot more. But I’ve never been able to volunteer and have the ability to bring together RPS 205 students and the Rockford community. Or at least I never had the opportunity to until I discovered the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council in my junior year of high school.

I researched the group and found out that they’re the organization that hosts the Districtwide Talent Show, Wesley Willows senior prom, Salvation Army canned food drive, and so much more. I remember thinking, “Wow, this is really a group that I want to be a part of!” So I took a chance and I sent in an application. After going through two nerve-racking interviews – one with two existing members of the ​SSAC and their adviser, and the second with Superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett himself – I found out that I was accepted as a member of the council. I was ecstatic and super happy to be part of an organization that had the same thought process as me: to help others and bring together RPS 205 and the Rockford Community.

I have only been a member of the SSAC for a little over a month, and I already love it. If you’re anything like me, I started out on Student Commission my freshman year at East High School (it’s now my senior year), and every year I’ve been in some sort of leadership position. This year I’m the President of Student Commission. I’d like to say that we’re the heartbeat of East. We plan homecoming, prom and more to bring students together. The SSAC has the same goals, but we’re aiming farther. We want to integrate RPS 205 students as a whole with the Rockford Community.

So far this year, the SSAC has already attended the Chamber of Commerce lunch where we were served delicious food and sat with many officials to hear about the future plans for RPS 205 presented by Dr. Jarrett. We’ve also already had a few meetings where we’re planning the upcoming canned food drive and picking out dates for future events that will further bring together the schools of RPS 205, instead of driving them further away from one another.

Joining the SSAC not only gave me the opportunity to do more than just bring together students at my school; we try to bring together the students from all of the high schools in RPS 205 and connect them with our community. We’re trying to be the heartbeat of RPS 205.

The SSAC participated in team building exercises at Camp Winnebago.
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