MS Student Council discusses Project Pink

On Tuesday February 11th, the Middle School Student Council met with advisor Joanne Maino to discuss their upcoming plans for Project Pink. The acronym “Pink” stands for “Paying in Kindness”. The goal of Project Pink is to make the Manchester Essex community, both inside and outside of the school, a better place through simple acts of kindness and community service. At the meeting, the group planned a student-led assembly to be presented to the Middle School.  Maino clarified the layout of the upcoming presentation about Project Pink to members. Maino stated that students will work on elements of the presentation both individually and in groups over the next few weeks at Student Council meetings.

 

Students listen to 6th Grader Madeleine Coco as she voices her ideas about how to get the middle school community involved in Project Pink. Members discussed surveying the student body about what their definitions of community, service, paying, and kindness are. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

Students listen to 6th Grader Madeleine Coco as she voices her ideas about how to get the middle school community involved in Project Pink. Members discussed surveying the student body about what their definitions of community, service, paying, and kindness are. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
7th grader Sasa Willems explains the difference between taking action in community service and merely saying “empty words”. Willems noted, “It’s easy to just say ‘I’m going to be a better person by doing community service.’ In order to actually pay in kindness, people need to follow through with what they say and take action.” Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
7th grader Sasa Willems explains the difference between taking action in community service and merely saying “empty words”. Willems noted, “It’s easy to just say ‘I’m going to be a better person by doing community service.’ In order to actually pay in kindness, people need to follow through with what they say and take action.” Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

 

After members broke into small groups, advisor Joanne Maino created a finalized list of the main goals of Project Pink that the students had mentioned. The group addressed not only the goals of Project Pink, but also effective methods of involving students in the project, and also creative ways capture the attention of students. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
After members broke into small groups, advisor Joanne Maino created a finalized list of the main goals of Project Pink that the students had mentioned. The group addressed not only the goals of Project Pink, but also effective methods of involving students in the project, and also creative ways capture the attention of students. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Student council member Christiana Locke jotted down notes as the meeting progressed. At the meeting, Locke expressed her idea of creating a list of questions to ask to the Middle School student body about how they will pay in kindness during the upcoming months. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Student council member Christiana Locke jotted down notes as the meeting progressed. At the meeting, Locke expressed her idea of creating a list of questions to ask to the Middle School student body about how they will pay in kindness during the upcoming months. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
6th grader George Soucy illustrates the concept of Kaizen to the Student Council by drawing a goal ladder. At the top of the ladder is the main goal, in this case, it is achieving a closer knit community. Each rung on the latter represents one small act of “paying in kindness” a person can achieve. Kaizen is a Japanese philosophy meaning “improvement” or “change for the best”. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
6th grader George Soucy illustrates the concept of Kaizen to the Student Council by drawing a goal ladder. At the top of the ladder is the main goal, in this case, it is achieving a closer knit community. Each rung on the latter represents one small act of “paying in kindness” a person can achieve. Kaizen is a Japanese philosophy meaning “improvement” or “change for the best”. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
6th graders George Soucy and Lorenzo Venegas-Villa collaborate about possible methods the Student Council could use to get the Middle School community involved in Project Pink. At the meeting, students separated into small groups then came back together as one large group to create a master list of both the goals of Project pink and ways to involve the Middle School community. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
6th graders George Soucy and Lorenzo Venegas-Villa collaborate about possible methods the Student Council could use to get the Middle School community involved in Project Pink. At the meeting, students separated into small groups then came back together as one large group to create a master list of both the goals of Project pink and ways to involve the Middle School community. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

Student Council advisor Joanna Maino and students talk briefly after the meeting had ended about any additional ideas for Project Pink. 7th grader Sirine Benali later noted, “Coming up with ideas like Project Pink is the reason why I joined Student Council in the first place. It’s fun to have the power to be able to make a change in the middle school community like this.” Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Student Council advisor Joanna Maino and students talk briefly after the meeting had ended about any additional ideas for Project Pink. 7th grader Sirine Benali later noted, “Coming up with ideas like Project Pink is the reason why I joined Student Council in the first place. It’s fun to have the power to be able to make a change in the middle school community like this.” Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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