PS 17 Student Government
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek" -Barack Obama
Student Government was created to provide students with a basic understanding of American democracy and to supply a brave space for our school community to discuss current events.
The program was designed to be as real as possible to our actual government with the appropriate accommodations. We are comprised of a PS 17 President, (4th- 5th-grade students only) a Vice President, (3rd-5th-grade students only), a community Organizer, (3rd- 5th grade only) and 2-3 Senators are representing grades 1-5.
Our first year as an active government in 2016, we raised over 1000 dollars for the Karam Foundation- an organization that helps rebuild lost schools in Syria. We focused on the bombings in Aleppo and wanted to provide knowledge to our community regarding the events, and support for children around the world. Last year we focused on inclusivity within our building, taking up challenges in organizing Respect for All Week, and No One Eats Alone Day. As a Government, we went on a trip to the National Archives Museum to learn more about immigration and how we can relate this topic to inclusivity within our building. This year we are seeking a new President and the active cabinet already went on a trip to learn more about how our student voices matter! Check out our amazing candidates for Presidency and 5th Grade Senate below!