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Friday, June 15, 2007


Carlisle's Middle School Student Council helps with community service

Members of the Middle School Student Council visited the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) on June 6 and reported on their activities through the year. Calling the students up to the front for their presentation, CSC Chair Nicole Burkel said, "This is one of our highlights."

Co-president Lucy King introduced Secretary Val Caddell and Treasurer Ileana Wu. King and Caddell are in eighth grade while Wu is in seventh grade. King explained how the student council's activities included community service. Caddell described a coat drive for homeless families, with 450 coats collected. King said sports equipment was collected for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, including balls, tennis rackets and lacrosse sticks. She said the students helped pack the equipment to ship to Louisiana.

Tea with seniors

A popular event this year was the Senior Tea, King said. Students invited Carlisle seniors to join them for tea, cookies, lemonade and bingo. In previous years the students had made lunch for the seniors. "This was better," King reported. Without having to focus on preparing and serving a meal, the students could focus on socializing with the seniors. "We were able to talk more freely with them, and interact, and play bingo," King added.


Wu said the administration came to them asking for assistance in getting the school to recycle. The students made posters, performed a skit at an assembly and encouraged recycling through announcements over the intercom. "You saved the day," commented Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle, "because they were going to take away our trash container because we weren't recycling enough."

The Student Council, voted in by their middle school peers, is responsible for organizing fundraisers, social events and community service projects, under the supervision of faculty advisor and seventh-grade special educator Tracy Malone. According to the Carlisle School Handbook, the council is an executive board "consisting of president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, sergeant at arms, two activities directors and representatives for each homeroom."

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