by Yadira Estrada
The monthly, district-wide Student Leadership meeting was hosted at Chaparral High School’s Library September 25.
Gadsden ISD Superintendent Travis L. Dempsey began the meeting by asking the group, “What is this group’s opinion on having dollar dress at the middle school?” All members immediately raised their hands to respond. As the discussion went on everyone came to an agreement that dollar dress is the most convenient way of fundraising for the school and students. It is best to have parents pay one dollar a week rather than $20 dollars a month because his/her child needs the money for a field trip or supplies in school. This way parents know the money is going towards his/her child, and their money isn’t going into the wrong hands.
The second topic that was brought up was about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Not many students are aware about it, how to access it, and how it can be really beneficial for their future according to Dempsey. Student Leadership came to the conclusion that every school should have a FAFSA night where parents and students can come together in the school so that every student has access to a computer and guidance when in need of assistance or questions to fill out a FAFSA application.
The final concern was about school safety. Dona Ana County Sheriff Deputy Officers are no longer working on campuses due to financial issues. As a result, Superintendent Dempsey told Student Leadership that he will try to enforce school safety such as having more drills to be better prepared for any emergencies. He also said, ” We want to keep our students safe. I will do everything I can to get them (DASO Deputies) back onto our campuses.”
Lastly, lunch was served and the menu consisted of Subway sandwiches that came with cookies and chips. CHS sponsor Mireya Ulibarri also made her special homemade lemon cookies. Most agreed these were delicious! After lunch Student Leadership toured the campus guided by the Lobo representatives. The highlight of the tour was the new Auxiliary Gym. With the tour over, Dempsey announced that the next time Student Leadership meets the entire group will be taking a filed trip to the Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces.