Guest post by Creekside PTA: While running for Student Council President at Creekside Elementary at the end of her 4th grade year, Maddie Dailey, now 10 years old, thought of several ideas that might be fun and beneficial for the school. She talked about a smoothie day, keeping the food hot until the 5th graders get to lunch, more balls at recess, and her most prized idea: a nighttime Halloween Party organized by the students.
Needless to say, that was a hit and soon after Maddie took office in 5th grade it was time to start planning. She presented her idea to the Creekside PTA, for financial support, all the while budgeting for a “break even” event. She was really hoping for a fun and affordable party for everyone, and not focus on fundraising. Maddie put up a student volunteer sign up sheet in the lunch room one day, and within an hour there were signatures on front and back with no room to spare. The entire Student Council, and loads of other 4th and 5th graders from Creekside Elementary, were thoroughly excited to help setup, decorate, and most of all create a pretty spectacular Haunted House. Parents and staff helped of course, but this event was primarily a student created and executed event. With a line out the door at the entrance, food running out, tickets being re-used, and a line around the room to enter the Haunted House, the event turned into one of the most fantastic and successful events to date at Creekside. All of the success also led to another surprise, it became profitable.
The Student Council held a special session to decide the best way to handle these extra and unexpected funds from the Halloween Party. They had many options, including parties and karaoke machines, but we should all know by now that kids are smarter than that. They instead decided to help the community by donating $500 to the Food Bank, as well as help purchase trees and a new bench for the school. Here’s hoping these 9 and 10 years old’s become our leaders of tomorrow!