Middle School Student Congress
Courtney Hensel

We know you join us in the pride we feel for what these young leaders accomplished in 2018-2019!

This year Student Congress raised over $6,400 for numerous charities and volunteered many hours giving back to others.

These young leaders volunteered their time to help sell and serve food at our Annual Parent Association Bazaar, distributed and helped with Spirit Wear sales, welcomed new families and returning friends; plus, advocated and produced (with the help of the P.A.) three new water fountains, and led the Yom Ha’Atzmaut parade.

Members participated in the 10th TEDxKids@SMU this past October. At TEDxKids@SMU, area leaders demonstrated the latest technology and taught creative expression; ideas were then debated with the speaker.

In December, Student Congress welcomed Cara Mendelsohn (Executive Director at Rebuilding Together North Texas – now, Council member of Dallas City Council District 12). Councilwoman Mendelsohn spoke to students about an important program in North Dallas geared to preserving and revitalizing low-income communities and neighbors.

The following are some of the charities that benefitted from the efforts of Student Congress’ monthly charity drive, Dollars for Denim: 

-    Pediatric Cancer Awareness

-    Becky’s Horse Hope Rescue

-    Jubilee Community Center

-    Holocaust Museum

-    Jewish Family Service

-    Jewish Federation Partnership Region in Israel

-    The Legacy

-    Points 4 Peace

-    Rebuilding Together North Texas

-    Friendship Circle

-    Hunger Busters

-    Wounded Warriors

-    Adaptive Training Foundation.

In addition to raising tzedakah for these agencies – they participated in numerous community projects and helping those in need:

-    Cookie Drive for Hunger Busters

-    Team Levine walking in first ever Walk4FriendshipDallas to support Friendship Circle of Dallas

-    Played basketball in Points4Peace

-    Purchased and donated 85 new books for Jonathan’s Place

-    Collected clothing for Yad Leah

This fantastic Middle School leadership opportunity is guided by 5th/6th Grade Language Arts teacher Marco Rodriguez and 8th Grade Science and Social Studies teacher Helene Berke. The 2018-19 Student Congress has 12 Middle School students in it – members were elected by their fellow peers in the Middle School.

Student Congress meets once a week during recess to discuss ideas and to share feedback in a democratic process in which students have a voice and practice the concepts of teamwork, problem-solving, civic responsibilities, and leadership roles.

We look forward to seeing what 2019-2020 has in store!