Student Council Donates Thousands Annually to Charity
St. Martin’s Episcopal School’s (SMES) Student Council raised a total of $23,500 for local charities in the past four years. Comprised of elected representatives from the 5th - 8th grades, the Student Council raises thousands of dollars per year in two unassuming ways: selling snacks and Middle School Spirit Week.
The snack cart brings in 80 percent of the council’s annual profit. It is a popular attraction at break time in the Middle School and features sweet and savory treats sold for 50 cents each. Council members donate their break time to manage the cart.
The Student Council’s spring fundraiser, Middle School Spirit Week, raises the rest of the council’s annual profit. It invites Middle School students to swap $5 for a fun, theme-filled week of non-uniform days.
SMES’ Student Council has a long-established culture of giving. For more than 12 years it has led fundraising efforts in support of local philanthropies serving Atlanta’s underprivileged communities. Last year, the Student Council distributed $5,500 between five organizations: The Good Samaritan Health Center, the Brookhaven Rotary Club Foundation, Episcopal Relief and Development, the Suthers Center for Christian Outreach and Bella Vista Children’s Home.
Student Council Co-Advisors Neil Conrad and Melissa Grier believe representatives learn the importance of engaging in responsible work during their time in office.
Each fall, students in the 5th-8th grades have the opportunity to be elected by their homerooms to serve as Student Council representatives and eligible elected representatives can campaign before their peers for leadership positions within the council. Officer positions include President, Vice President of School Service, Vice President of Community Service, Treasurer and Secretary.
St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a private day school for students in preschool through grade 8, located in Atlanta, GA. We are dedicated to providing a quality education of the whole person in a loving, Christian atmosphere, which fosters lifelong learning.