Ewalt Elementary School student council members spoke to the Augusta school board Monday night about learning leadership skills and offering community service.
The presentation on student council was a part of a regular school report to the board.
Ewalt’s student council was created 13 years at the urging of one of its students.
Some of its goals are to promote stronger relationships at school, work on programs to improve the school, encourage school spirit, sponsor school activities and encourage global awareness.
Each class selects one boy, one girl and one alternate to serve on ESCO. Fifth-grade representatives serve as officers.
The student council runs a small shop for students called E-mart. Funds raised from E-mart support school activities.
ESCO also sponsors Buddy Classes, deployment relief for Ewalt students, Val-e-Grams, the Alley-Oop Basketball Shoot Out, and assists with the book fair, art showcase and Teacher Appreciation Week.
The ESCO students won honors this year for their Christmas parade float.
The C.A.R.D.S program offers a variety of supports to students who have parents who are deployed and their parents in the armed services. This includes sending cards to service personnel.
The students coordinated a pop-top drive for the Ronald McDonald House, which netted 63 pounds of pop tops. The school’s goal is 200 pounds this year.
The students helped with disaster relief in years past, including partnering with Barnes and Noble to collect books for areas that were hit by tornadoes.
The group also raised funds for the Blood Water Mission, which funds water filtration systems internationally.
Quentin Childers, ESCO president, said she runs the ESCO meetings using parliamentary procedures.
“I have enjoyed my time on ESCO,” she said.
Cameron Wetzel, ESCO member said, “I love what we do in ESCO and what we do for the community and school.”
Past members of ESCO also spoke to the board, saying they had learned leadership skills in Ewalt’s student council.
All of the former students who spoke had gone on to serve in student council in middle school, high school or college.