Community Service, December 2019 General Meeting

 

What are parents at your school saying? These topics were brought up by our members during our last meeting.  What do parents and teachers at your school think?

Elementary lunch times…is it enough?  Lunch or recess first?

Middle school parents checked out…how do you keep parent engagement up during the middle school years?

Advocacy announcement:  AZ Request to Speak (RTS) is the Arizona Legislature’s tool for tracking bills.  By using RTS you can stay informed on proposed legislation and give feedback to state legislators right from your own home.

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Committee Updates We are looking for volunteers interested in joining our special committees (Bullying, Special Education, and Equity and Inclusion) and standing committees (Communications, Advocacy, Outreach, and Programming). 

To learn more and/or signup for a committee click below

https://scottsdaleparentcouncil.org/index.php/committees/

Presentations

Kathryn Anderson, SUSD Adapted PE Teacher

Every year SUSD holds a Special Kid Field Day for K-8 students from self-contained special education classrooms throughout the district.  This event is funded entirely by donations and facilitated by volunteers from our high schools!  Two thirds of the volunteers also have special needs.  This year’s event is coming up, Feb 26th, 2020.

Gary Griggs, SUSD’s Unitown

Unitown is an annual 5-day Retreat for 100 high school students selected by application and interview from all 5 SUSD high schools designed to promote and celebrate diversity and inclusion.  Participating students (delegates) attend workshops and group discussions to motivate and prepare them to combat bias, bigotry, and racism. All delegates will actively participate in one or more significant follow-up projects related to their Unitown experience.  This program relies on donations and tax credits.

Maddie Murphy-Larkin, President Scottsdale Community Partners

Scottsdale Community Partners is a local nonprofit founded in 1970 to help youth, families, and seniors in crisis.  They run a variety of programs including Healthy Packs (provides meals for food insecure students over weekends and school breaks), Adopt a Family, Adopt a Senior, Gleaners Brown Bag Program, and Beat the Heat Senior Program among many others.  Kids 14 and up may volunteer on site. Younger students may participate by running school drives.

Group discussion

We reviewed a number of local community service opportunities open to students of various ages.  If you’re looking for a project for your student or student group, check out this list

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EzQgm18wubqeKOQfTLGNBqU86s9qnvtjCVfjIpFPVgI/edit?usp=sharing

Meeting Documents

Meeting Agenda & Presentation

Meeting Minutes

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