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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

April 9, 2019

Good evening everyone, Happy Tuesday!

Tonight I have a jam packed SMOB report, but it is imperative I speak on the amazing past few weeks that I have had since our last board meeting.

First and foremost, I would love to give a huge shout out to our BCSC middle school team who rose to the occasion as they hosted our first mini leadership seminar for our beautiful Bedford Elementary student council. The day was comprised of incredible team-building workshops, discussions, and reflections tailored around highlighting student leadership in our younger ones. With bringing the students to Greenwood (our magical castle for the day), the team led the way in evoking what it meant to be a leader, and how their student council can create change in their school. It was a humbling experience interacting with the students on an interpersonal level, watching them share their intelligent, and thoughtful perspectives during discussions as they enjoyed their magical day at Greenwood.

I also had the chance to meet with our remarkable Health Education team, Ms. Poser and Ms. Roller, who took the time to educate me on the current health education curriculum across grade levels. The health education team is working day in and out making sure that we are focusing on whole schools, whole communities, and whole children. As we all know, health education affects all of us as individuals, and our students are continuously seeking more in terms of curriculum, tools, and resources. They recognize that we need more time allotted to be educated on the content but also thoroughly practice what is taught. As a system and state, we need more.

Thank you to the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Gifted and Talented Education for hosting their monthly advisory meeting at my home school, Milford Mill Academy. I enjoyed gaining a deeper understanding about Advanced Academics in our county. Great thanks to our fantastic community superintendents for their presentation and question and answer series at the meeting. As a county, we have accomplished tremendous work, but we’re going higher, and shall continue to strive for the best of the best.

The Chadwick Elementary Leading Ladies club is a force to be reckoned with. The ladies in that club are intelligent, inspiring, motivating, beautiful, powerful, and unique. Simply put: one of a kind. I had the opportunity to be a guest at their meeting last Thursday, and might I say, I wish I knew what self-awareness meant at their age, but of course I did not, so when I heard a young lady tell me that is one of her favorite traits about herself, believe me when I tell you tonight I am still trying to collect my edges. They were wise beyond their years, pointing out the inequalities between genders in our society, the societal changes that have occurred so far, and further tapping on what can be done in their community, and around the world. And again, I am reminded of why I do what I do, why I serve. I serve for young ladies like them to know and to believe that their under will never mean their over, and their ambitions must always overshadow their situations, and there is not a can’t in our dictionary, only can and will.

So tonight I remind everyone, whether Board member, staff, community advocate, or parents, it is because of children like students at Bedford, Chadwick, and even our BCSC middle school team, that we work. They must always be the reason behind the decision, the reason behind our what, why, and how. Like Dr. Brown emphasized during the last board meeting, the decisions we make will impact our children’s children’s children, so what decisions are we willing to make that will still hold a positive, life changing impact on our BCPS children?

Additionally, hats off to the AVID Holabird scholars, you are ALL amazing, you guys can be ANYTHING you want to be. The sky is not your limit; it is your beginning. Thank you.

Thank you.

Email: Haleemat Adekoya
Twitter: @BaltCoSMOB
Instagram: @BCPS_SMOB

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