If you’ve ever walked into the library at SV, you’ve probably seen the acronym ‘SOAR’ hanging on the walls. Each letter represents an ideal for students to emulate, and the Student Council are no strangers to these words. Comprised of 19 representatives from the 5th through 8th grade, and led by moderators/teachers Angela Hom Saelaw, Kellie Barragan, Mark Tomsic, and Joe McLoughlin, the Student Council is dedicated to helping the school community as well as the bigger community at large.
Each year, they select a different charity with which to work. In the past they’ve helped organizations such as Headstrong, Heifer International, and Nets for Life. This year the focus is on Family House, where they recently volunteered. Explains 8th grade Commissioner of Activities Alyssa Tabucao, “This organization is a temporary house for families with illnesses, which provides emotional and physical support, free from financial concerns.” They also raised funds for Family House, said 8th grade president Diego Morales, by organizing “a Haunted House event, a bake sale, and a pumpkin patch.” They enjoyed their experience at Family House so much that they would like to return.
Other activities during the year include collecting candy for children in the Philippines and organizing a Book Drive. 7th grade representative Alexandria Marquez’s favorite event during the year is the Toy Drive. Working with the SSF Fire Department, they solicit donations and help shop for toys for the less fortunate at Target. Last year, the Student Council donated their Target gift cards they received from “shopping,” to help purchase additional toys and gifts. They even got to ride on an antique fire truck to deliver them!
So why do they do it? Peyton Snyder, 6th grade representative, explained, “We get to be role models to show how to do things to help our community.” They are doing a great job – these Falcons truly SOAR!