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The Morris Area Student Leaders are students who are dedicated to serving their school and community while emphasizing a connection to service and academics. In the past, the Morris Student Leaders have volunteered at the Common Cup, the Morris Theatre, the City of Morris, Stevens County fairgrounds, the Morris Library, the Red Cross, the Morris Park Board, and at the Morris School District. Projects in the works for this year include anti-bullying, social justice conference, Mix It Up Days, and school-wide recycling.

The Student Leaders have received several awards including the State of Minnesota Student Service Award. The Student Leaders' goal is to strive to live up to the quote "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

Last week the MAHS Student Leaders traveled to Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (C-G-B) to present a social inclusion workshop addressing teen suicide and bullying. C-G-B 7-12th grade students were challenged to face truths about bullying behaviors and did activities that challenged themselves to include others. The student leaders shared personal stories about how they were either bullied or harassed in their lives and what they have done to turn it around.

The C-G-B counselor noted that many programs do not have a direct impact on students, but based on the student behavior during the day and their attitudes afterwards, he thought the program had a positive impact. At a follow-up faculty meeting, faculty discussed impact on the students and ways they could continue with the activity and carry the message of Social INCLUSION throughout the academic day. Following the presentation the C-G-B students shared some of their personal experiences and how they now feel more hope for their future.

The MAHS student leaders will be working with the Morris student body delivering a similar workshop in January.

The Morris Area High School will conduct a Day of Compassion for our 9th grade students on Dec. 21. Our 11th and 12th grade student leaders will offer assistance during this whole-day event. The Day of Compassion is a day used to build connection and empathy, and to fulfill the vision that every student lives in a world where they feel safe, loved, and celebrated.

I will provide a follow-up story next week that will highlight how the day went for our 9th grade students and get some of their comments as well.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 19 - School Board Meeting

Dec. 23 - Jan. 2- Winter Break

Jan. 9 - Grade 7-12 Jazz Concert