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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

May 7, 2019

Good evening everyone, Happy Tuesday!

It pains me to announce that this will be my second to last SMOB report. Tear drop, Tear drop. BUT. Just as much as it pains me, I am delighted to introduce Omer Reshid, the 2019-2020 student member nominee recommended by the students of BCPS. I am confident that Omer will embody this position, paving the way for the students he will serve.

I’d also like to congratulate the newly elected Baltimore County Student Councils’ officer team: Angela Qian, Samantha Warfel, Claire Cabral, and Carter Bohart. I have no doubt in my mind that they will continue to serve their peers, advocating for their diverse needs and wants at a local and systemic level. 

Thank you to the Leading Ladies of Chadwick Elementary for allowing me to visit their club and record a new episode of Hanging with Haleemat. I enjoyed wrapping up our discussion on what it meant to not just have zeal but display it in our present and future. In addition, thank you to the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) organization at Randallstown High School for allowing me to visit your school and record another episode of Hanging with Haleemat. The Randallstown leaders of SADD are revamping what it means for us as youth to have fun but also be cautious and responsible. Both clubs are doing amazing work in their community, and I am quite impressed by their impact! 

It’s May! Happy Mental Health Awareness Month. Last Friday, over 100 middle and high school ambassadors gathered at the Mind Over Matters summit, where we engaged in learning about mental health. It was imperative that the students realized that their mental health is just as important as their physical health. The students listened to a keynote speaker who reminded them that they cannot simply go with the flow but must be charged with the mission of being courageous and “cutting off the chickens,” simply because there are some things you just do not do until you’re drunk or high. They were also able to participate in various workshops such as mindfulness and opioid/substance abuse prevention. A huge shout-out to the planning team for putting such an awesome event together, again, I know the students who participated were heavily impacted, and did not go back the same. 

Last but not least, in the fall of 2019, I will be attending the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a Sherman STEM Teaching Scholar. The entire college decision making process was very strenuous but eye opening. I cannot stress enough how thankful I am for my BCPS community who supported me in a million and ten ways. As an aspiring educator, cough cough superintendent as well, I will be eternally grateful for my years spent as a BCPS student, and student member. 

So no, y’all cannot get rid of me yet.

Thank you.

Email: Haleemat Adekoya
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Instagram: @BCPS_SMOB

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