Texas Student Councils Contribute $21 Million in Community Service
The Texas Association of Student Councils TASC reports that its member schools contributed over $21 to the public good through donations of time, goods, and money during the 2012-2013 school year. With 323 of TASC’s 1300 member schools reporting, they averaged $65,000 per school in donations to local, state, national, and international needs. The value of community service reported by TASC schools in donated monies, goods, and hours volunteered totaled $21,016,133.85.
These numbers reflect only the community service completed by council members. The countless hours spent in their schools planning events that engage, inform, and motivate their fellow students as well as show appreciation to school faculties are not included.
While funding for student activities continues to be cut across the state, student council members with the volunteer assistance of their advisors raise the funds necessary to conduct projects and support their schools and communities.
“As student councils members across the state of Texas cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be moving on to college and careers with a commitment to public service, civic participation, and the knowledge that they make a difference in their communities and their lives through service to others and participation in the democratic process," said Terry Hamm, Director of Texas Association of Student Councils. “I am constantly amazed at the contributions made by high school student council members under the guidance of exceptional Student Council advisors. Congratulations to these councils and their students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their school, their communities, and their world. These students embody TASC’s dedication to student voice, student engagement, and student leadership.”
On campuses across the state, thousands of TASC members are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, national, and international needs using the skills learned in student council. They have donated blood, goods, and money. They have cleaned parks, roadways, and beaches. They have weatherized buildings, hosted senior citizen proms, educated peers about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, dating violence, and bullying. They have led leadership workshops for peers and younger students and reached out to victims of natural disasters
These young people develop proven skills in team building, problem solving, project planning, and decision making. Through their co-curricular activities, student council members serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.