by Dahlia, School Meeting chair of The Open School, age 10
February 24, 2017
Tay asked me to run School Meeting and I thought it was a good idea because I was bored sometimes at school. Even though it was just once a week, I thought it would be a good thing to do to fill up some of my time. Once I started doing it, I didn’t feel bored anymore because I got to spend time with staff members. I was able to connect with staff, which was nice because I usually only spend time with younger kids at school. It was a new part of the school.
At school meeting, I run the meeting and ask people who are suggesting motions to read them out loud. I think this job is unique because you couldn’t do it at other schools, which is boring because you can’t put yourself out there. Right before School Meeting, I get a little bit nervous, but I take a deep breath, sit down, and go for it. I know that this is something not a lot of people get to do.
I learned to take more responsibility, and I get to know more when I run the meeting. I’m not just sitting outside and hanging out, not knowing what is going on in the school.