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JJH Student Council receives Honor Award





The Jerling Junior High (JJH) Student Council recently received the Illinois Association of Junior High Student Councils (IAJHSC) Honor Council Award, which is given to schools that design exemplary programs for their school student councils.


To receive the award, the IAJHSC requires participation in several different projects and progams throughout the academic year.  One of those programs included hosting the Winter Leadership Workshop in February.  Nearly 250 students attended from 13 different student councils, and participated in leadership networking activities.  The JJH Student Council also participated in summer and fall leadership camps held at other schools. 


Additional criteria for receiving the award included participating in a state-wide service project.  The JJH Student Council chose this year to collect and donate money to Feeding Illinois, a network of eight food banks throughout the state. 


The JJH Student Council went above and beyond with service projects this year.  The students did everything from collecting pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House, food for a local pantry and toys to donate for “Toys for Tots”.  The students also facilitated a mitten and hat drive to benefit “Together We Cope” , a local social service agency that helps families in need.  Most recently, the Student Council set up a competition between homerooms at their school to collect spare change to be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  This project, titled “Pennies for Pasta” culminated with the winning homeroom receiving a pasta luncheon from Olive Garden.


In addition to community service projects, the JJH Student Council made it their mission to promote school spirit all year long.  They donated time and resources to decorate student-athletes’ lockers throughout the season.    They implemented a spirit week, encouraging students to dress in fun themes for the entire week.  Additionally, they planned and decorated for the school dance, which included a DJ and a photo booth.


Zoe Schultz, 8th grade student and JJH Student Council President, said, “I love Student Council because it is a place where you can be yourself, make new friends and indulge in many leadership activities.  It's a great club that I am happy and honored to a part of.”


The District is very proud of the JJH Student Council for all of the hard work and dedication they put in this year that made them eligible to receive the IAJHSC Honor Council Award.

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