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Haleemat Adekoya - Student Board Member

Report to the Board of Education of Baltimore County From the Student Member of the Board

November 8, 2018

Good evening, everyone. Happy Thursday!

I truly hope that on Tuesday, many of you registered voters got out and expressed your right and superpower in casting your ballot. Congratulations to the newly elected Board of Education for Baltimore County! I am confident that with your dedication and passion to better the children of BCPS, we shall continue to strive for excellence and change, continuing to create an impactful educational path for our children. I would love to say a big thank you to the current board for all your hard work, effort and commitment to the success of BCPS students.

Whoa! Can you guys believe the first quarter ends tomorrow already?! 

I hope everyone has been able to put their best foot forward to excel this first quarter. Don’t forget to always seek that extra help if you need it in any area. If you have yet to join a club, look around for what interests you and if you cannot find a particular one, create it - you have that power! 

Again students, as your student member, I am here for you.

I have been working alongside Food and Nutrition Services, and Transportation services to figure out what we are doing well as a system. As well as what can be done better, whether it is less pizza? Vegetarian options? Replacing styrofoam with an alternative option? 

Your input is duly noted and we are continuously discovering ways to enhance your dining and commuting experience! 

Our conversations about the lack of attention to and ineffective solutions for our mental health continue to be a prevalent topic within the student body. Students, our mental health is the most pivotal part of our ability to function. We deserve to be in adequate environments that fuel healthy mindsets, as well as to be surrounded by people that sustain it.

From the discussions I’ve had with many of you, you have made me understand that you wish your counselors and teachers were more than academic enrichment personnel but also support staff who consider your holistic being. Where they create safe environments to provide you with the ability to vent, but also provide resources needed to overcome whatever mental battle you are facing. 

I have also heard your cry to be made aware of resources available to you in your schools such as school psychologists and social workers. I believe that with the continuance of the magnifying of our voices on this topic, we will be able to draw further attention to what solutions and tactics can be set in place for better help and resources. Team BCPS, we do great as it is, and I am confident that we can always do better.

As the school year progresses, please do not hesitate to keep me in the loop of what your needs, wants and concerns are as students! Do not hesitate to continue to contact me or invite me to school events either! 

Good luck in the second quarter. 

Thank you.

Email: Haleemat Adekoya
Twitter: @BCPS_SMOB
Instagram: @BCPS_SMOB

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