Ambassadors represent students at school board

Jackson Heritage, Staff Writer

Since their first meeting on Jan 28, District 202’s Student Ambassadors have been working in cooperation with the district administration to focus on student issues and the learning environments across the district.
“It is nice to share ideas across schools and implement things that work at one high school and bring to another” Dr. Glenn Wood, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, said.
The student ambassador program, which began this year, makes an effort to connect the student body, represented by one student from each high school, and the board of administrators. The ambassadors have focused on multiple topics such as computer rentals, financial literacy, and Link Crew.
“I believe that the student perspective is so important and can really shine a light on new issues that the students find the most important,” Brooke Poston, ambassador and junior at Plainfield South, said.
As well as the students involved, consisting of Poston, Hannah Darbro from Central, Peyton Washington from East, and Jack Anderson from North, the school board also feels that the program has been beneficial toward conveying the opinions of students from all of the district’s schools.
“They give a name and face of each school to our board members and provide important student feedback on issues,” Wood said.
As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, however, there is a need for new candidates for the ambassador program. Students looking to apply submitted their forms in March. The applications will be reviewed and chosen by the current set of student ambassadors, as they look for different attributes necessary for the role, Jack Anderson, senior at Plainfield North, said.
“The name of the student chosen from each school will then be sent to their principal to notify them who we have chosen to represent their school in the upcoming year,” Poston said.
Current members say that anyone who gets into the program will most likely enjoy the experience and sense of community that being an ambassador brings.
“We really like to focus on issues that we see affecting ourselves and our peers every day,” Peyton Washington, senior at Plainfield East, said.