2012 - 2013
Fall 2012 - Dirt Party and Tree Dedication
The 2011-2012 Student Leadership Council asked their classmates for ideas on things that needed improvement at Teravista. One suggestion that received a lot of support was filling the holes in the playground so that it was a safer environment for play. The council took a vote and decided to spend some of the funds we had on dirt so the holes could be filled. Due to time constraints, the dirty party was scheduled to take place at the beginning of the following school year.
In April 2012, our Teravista family suffered a loss. Officer Jaime Padron, a Teravista parent and member of the Austin Police Department, was killed in the line of duty.
In September 2012, the Student Leadership Council voted to plant a tree near our butterfly garden in memory of Officer Padron. Students and staff members met at the school on a Saturday morning in November to plant the tree. They also voted to spend some of the funds we had on a bench to be placed near the tree.
Prior to the first Student Leadership Council meeting for the 2012-2013 school year, all classrooms at Teravista Elementary spent time discussing Service Learning Projects. Each classroom took a vote and determined the project they were most interested in the students and staff at Teravista supporting. At our first Student Leadership Council meeting, each Class Representative shared the winning idea for his/her classroom. After all ideas were presented, the Student Leadership Council took a vote and determined that the entire campus would focus on two Service Learning Projects. We decided to focus on an organization related to cancer for the first semester of the school year and The Ronald McDonald House Charities during the second semester of the school year.
A couple of weeks after our first Student Leadership Council meeting, Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. A Teravista 3rd grader had recently moved from the East Coast to Texas. Many of her family members still lived on the East Coast and were affected by the hurricane. She sent the following e-mail to our Principal:
I was wondering if our school can have a fundraiser to help the victims of hurricane Sandy. Many people have lost their homes and all their stuff got destroyed. My family just moved from Long Island, and all of my family is on the East Coast. A lot of my family has been without power and running water for days and may not have it for weeks.
NY, NJ and PA, were most of my family live, were the places hit hard and most destroyed. The thing is, I grew up there and I feel very, very ,very bad for the people who lost their homes and some who lost family members. It has gotten so bad that the army is helping them out too. Maybe we can set up a time where we can talk about what we can do at school to help out.
Thank you ,
We were so impressed with Lucy's demonstration of true leadership that we offered her the opportunity to present her idea to the entire student body on the morning announcements. After listening to her presentation, classrooms were asked to take a vote to see if the campus should support The American Red Cross during the first semester or continue with the plan to support an organization related to cancer. Later that day, at our Student Leadership Council meeting, the students were able to meet a representative from The American Red Cross and listen to Lucy share more information. A vote was held, with each Class Representative voting in favor of the option his/her class chose earlier in the day.
The votes were tallied and the decision was in favor of supporting The American Red Cross. Each class was asked to set a goal of how much money they thought their class would be able to raise. Then students brought in change from home to help their class reach their goal. Students also voted to allow teachers to wear jeans to school for a few days if they made a donation of at least $10. During our CommUnity Fest and Scholastic Book Fair, students and staff volunteered to run a free gift wrapping booth, where containers were made available for Red Cross donations. It was a very successful fundraiser for a wonderful organization!
Spring 2013 - Valentine's Day Nursing Home Visit
On February 2, 2013, members of the Student Leadership Council visited The Cottages at Chandler Creek. Students sat and talked, shared some cookies, and worked on some arts and crafts activities with the residents. It was a win-win for all involved!
Spring 2013 - March of Dimes
After our successful American Red Cross fundraiser, we focused on raising awareness and funds for the March of Dimes. Teravista raised more money than any other area elementary school! Way to go Tigers! We also had a team of teachers and students who represented Teravista at the annual walk that benefits March of Dimes.