PSEL #8c Holiday Benefits Party Introduction:
The artifact that is represented relates to the Holiday Benefits Party that took place in December of 2019. The Holiday Benefits Party is sponsored by the Student Government Association and it is an opportunity for the school community to work with another school that serves underprivileged students. The artifact is an email that was sent by my SGA co-sponsor to myself and another teacher.
PSEL #8c Holiday Benefits Party Rationale:
The Holiday Benefits Party is a time where students who are more privileged get to engage and share with other students who are less fortunate. This is a time where the host students get to share gifts, play games and listen to music with the visiting students. Moreover, it is a time for them to exhibit generosity for those who might not welcome the holiday season because of their circumstances. As an SGA advisor and leader, it takes a great deal of coordination. The most important aspect of this activity is to have an established relationship with a school that serves underprivileged students. The relationship ensures open lines of communication and creates a way for members of both faculties to coordinate the event. Historically, we have always hosted an elementary school. The visiting school needs to inform us of the number of students they will bring, their names, their gift interests, and what time they plan to arrive and leave. As the visiting school considers those aspects, we plan the agenda for the event. This includes what activities we will have for the students, when students will receive and open gifts, and when they will eat refreshments. Often, we have face painting, music and a visit from Santa. These activities require individuals other than us, so it is our job to solicit the help from our fellow colleagues. Typically, we have help from our art department with the face painting and other craft activities, while we have help from an English teacher who embraces the role of Santa. Those activities lead up to the gift giving and then the departure of the visiting school. As an SGA, we solicit the help of students. Typically, we will have groups of about four to five students who “sponsor” one of the visiting students. Our students are responsible for buying and wrapping the gifts for those students. The items are always $25.00 or less. This gift-giving experience is the highlight of the event. Our students spend the entire event with their sponsored child. As an SGA leader, it is my job to coordinate, communicate and execute these activities so that there is little to no disruption to the event. This activity relates to PSEL #7c because it addresses the needs of a student populations and sustains productive relationships with colleagues that contributes to the best interest of students.