Largest gathering of student councils goes green!
Friday, April 3, 2009 - 02:21
The Texas Association of Student Council held its 73rd annual spring convention in the Arlington Convention Center. This year’s theme was “Lead the change.”
The goal was to train the leaders of tomorrow about climate change — today.
Over 4,000 Texas high school student council leaders and advisors came together in Arlington to celebrate accomplishments, elect officers and attend sessions on applying leadership methods to the environment.
The annual event is the largest gathering of student council leaders in the country.
Presentations were creatively planned to appeal to the teen audience. The lesson plan was simple but effective: "… Initiate … Ignite … and Impact."
More than 500 students and high schools contributed ideas focused on making the planet run more resourcefully. (That's the first step: They initiated the change.) Now it's up to state leaders to ignite the change in the Lone Star state. Finally, there should be impact, or the end result.
Most schools contributed to the environmental theme by renting flex-fuel cars and hybrids. The bags the students took home from the event were made of 100% recycled post-consumer waste.
Next up: The Texas Energy Education Development Project, or T.E.E.D., announced it will hold it’s annual T.E.E.D. workshop this summer at the University of Texas at El Paso on July 6–10. (A report detailing the plans will follow!)