UNION — A complete education is not just about learning what’s between the cover of a textbook, it’s also about learning to be a good citizen and, in America, that means participating in selecting those that will lead us and doing so wisely.
At school, children learn not only the subjects taught such as reading, writing, mathematics, science, history, etc., they also learn the responsibilities of a being a member of society. One of those responsibilities in countries like America is being a voter who, together with other voters, elects the men and women who will govern the community, the state, and the nation. It is a responsibility not to be taken lightly because the choices made at the ballot box can and often do have consequences well beyond election day.
To help prepare children for their role as citizens, schools have student governments whose members are elected by the students. This serves to introduce children to the responsibilities of being a citizen and the process by which that most important of responsibilities — voting — is exercised.
At Foster Park Elementary School the students there recently had the opportunity to learn about this process when the school held its 2017-2018 Student Council Election. Students in the upper grades — 3rd, 4th, and 5th — were able to elect representatives to council for their particular grades and also the school wide offices of president, vice president, and secretary.
Here are the students who campaigned for and won the offices on the ballot in the FPES Student Council Election for 2017-2018:
• Third Grade — Maddox Cooper, Kamrin Song, and Adrianna Johnson were elected to represent their classes.
• Fourth Grade — Kaylee Fox, Thomas Robinson, and Lillian Turner were elected to represent their classes.
• Fifth Grade — Abby Wise, Shakirra Eison, Kennedi Booker, and Madison Glenn were elected to represent their classes.
• Schoolwide — Zahmariya Littlejohn (president), Gracie Davis (vice-president), and Haleigh Burgess (secretary).
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.