Teamwork makes the dream work
Noah Mac, Reporter
This past Wednesday, Student Council’s executive board members, President Katie Browning, Vice President Madalyn Clark, Secretary Olivia Simpson, Treasurer Brooke Madgwick, and Publicist Noah Mac attended a Downriver League (DL) meeting at Trenton High School consisting of all executive board members from other councils around the area such as Lincoln Park, Southgate, Gibraltar-Carlson, and more.
“A DL is a downriver league meeting where all the student councils send a few of their members to get together with other councils to talk and discuss things that are happening at their schools,” Browning said. “At DL’s we also play team building activities and do charity work.”
This is the first DL student council members have participated in this year, but this DL was different than regular ones. The meetings focus was more towards working with the executive board from council and how to create a positive, growing council at their school for this coming school year.
The meeting started off with an icebreaker to get the members more comfortable with everyone around them.
After loosening up a bit the opening presentation started with, Matt Alley, the Director of Student Services from the Michigan Associations of Student Councils and Honor Societies (MASC/MAHS).
The presentation focused on the constitution, but not the United States Constitution the student council's constitution. The Constitution is composed of a Preamble (an introduction), the main body, and amendments that all pertain to how the council is operated and represented.
Roosevelt’s original Student Council’s constitution dates back as far as the 1960s, but now as times have changed a new modified version of the constitution was adopted 1991 and revised in September of 2016.
After learning how much a constitution can impact a school’s council with how elections are ran, funds are distributed, and the overall maintenance of the organization all of the students attending were split up into two groups.
The first group went to one area to play another cooperative based activity and the other group went and sat down at tables to get ready to play the game True Colors.
True Colors is a self-awareness activity enabling individuals to become aware of their personality styles. There are four colors: green, orange, gold, and blue and each of these colors represent a person’s personality. Which was selected through a grouping of words that the person chose that most represented themselves.
Towards the end of the meeting with only thirty minutes left, each officer position grouped up together at a certain table and discussed what their role is in the council and share other ideas around as to what other councils plan throughout the year.
“It helps me realize that teamwork makes the dream work, and when you listen to other ideas sometimes amazing things can happen,” Browning said. “We are planning a student lead day and are bringing entirely new games and I’m excited to see how it turns out.”