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Herricks Board Meets with Middle School Students

‘Please Don’t Cut Anymore Programs Or People’

The Herricks School Board meeting was interrupted so they could meet with the members of the Herricks Middle School student government including: president-Christina Litos; vice-president-Chase McGahan and secretary treasurer-Randi Sarf.

The first student to deliver a message was president Litos. She praised the board and thanked them for their principal Joan Keegan and assistant principal Thomas Aird.

She further praised the board for the updated locker rooms, their continued support of the school lunch program, the trip to Frost Valley and Boston and she said she is looking forward to the boat trip and the Tilles Center graduation.

Litos continued, “Although we have put together our wish list of items and what we do in student government, we are willing to give up everything on our list as long as you don’t cut anymore programs or lay off anymore people. We need these people and our programs to prepare us to take care of all of you when we are adults. Please maintain our programs and the people that deliver them. We hope that you will take our wishes into consideration.”

She then went on to suggest that music is played in the morning to wake up students and to make current event announcements, but half in the morning and half in the afternoon.

Further, she suggested press releases should be written and submitted to local media to identify student and school achievement and to create a newspaper to alert students of upcoming events instead of announcing everything on the loudspeaker.

Other suggestions included: Holding a “cultural sale” not just a bake sale of desserts or sweet items from various cultures.

It was suggested that in the middle of the year, around February, a school supply sale be held at about the time when students either lose or run out of pens and pencils and when rulers and protractors break. It was said that this will both help the students and raise funds for the school.

Further suggested: A Holiday Boutique, Toy Drive, Book Drive, Food Drive, Wounded Warriors fundraiser and to raise funds with a bake sale during the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.

The students also listed items that are needed including: A supply of soap for the bathrooms, new mirrors, stalls repainted and a larger supply of paper towels. It was also suggested that older school water fountains either be fixed or replaced and that the football teams equipment should be replaced, the gym floors are very slippery and need to be fixed and the pinnies, worn by members of intramural teams, need to be replaced because they are old and falling apart.

It was also pointed out that the basketball hoops in the gym need to be fixed. Ceiling tiles in the gym and cafeteria need to be replaced, it was said.

Further, on the wish list were new desks and chairs in D-wing classrooms upstairs and downstairs and new chairs in the cafeteria.

One of the most amusing challenges was that the students want to challenge the teachers to a dance-off to see who has the best moves!

The board listened patiently to all the suggestions and requests and thanked the students for giving their time to meet with the board.