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Twenty students from around East Greenbush Central School District gathered at Central Administration on Wednesday morning for the first Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council meeting. They met with Superintendent Jeff Simons to discuss potential student leadership projects and how they can affect positive change in their schools.

“I don’t want this group to be about my ideas. I want to hear your ideas,” Mr. Simons told the students.

The group of students, who were nominated by their principal, represented each school and grades 5-12. They began by getting to know each other through ice breaker activities, they discussed leadership qualities and brainstormed potential projects for the current school year.

After discussing various ideas, the group decided to plan a fundraising event in the spring to benefit an animal shelter.

“We want to inspire leadership in kids,” Mr. Simons said. “Every student has the potential to create positive change and we hope this provides an opportunity for that.”

The next Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council meeting will be held in December.