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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

October 9, 2018

Good evening everyone. My name is Haleemat Adekoya and I am the student member of the Board of Education of Baltimore County. 

I would like to thank the students who provided information on my student feedback form for Transportation and Nutrition. I am very grateful for your input and I cannot wait to use the information collected to help in the progression of the services provided. 

This past week, I had the opportunity to participate in the BCSC Fall Leadership Camp with my school Milford Mill Academy. We had the opportunity to interact, connect and create new friendships with leaders from all over Baltimore County. The camp allowed me to network with students, gaining new perspectives, insights, and feedback regarding school and system policies such as bullying and student involvement.

Leaders, you are not alone. Remember to look to your fellow leaders to help you in a time of change. Leaders, I share this quote with you, “So early in life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.” Malcolm X. As student leaders, you have a voice, ALWAYS use it. 

This is an important time of year and I want students to be aware that one of the most visible ways to use your voice is to VOTE. Become informed citizens about the laws and officials running in your region. Remember it is the responsibility of those elected who directly affect our day-to-day functioning, even in our own educational school system. As elections are coming up, it is important that if you are 18 or going to be 18 by November 6th, 2018, you register to vote and actually get out and vote on November 6th.

The deadline to register online and by mail is Tuesday, October 16th. The deadline to register to vote in person is Thursday, November 1st.

On October 3rd, I had the opportunity to attend the School Safety Tip Line Kick-off, where Governor Larry Hogan announced the “Safe Schools Maryland” initiative, which is a school safety tip line and mobile app that is used to report threats such bullying, mental health, and anything regarding harm to oneself or a community. SEE something, SAY something. Students, our lives matter. I implore you to break the code of silence. Break the idea of not saying something when it can harm a fellow peer.

Often times, in a cohort, at least one person is aware of a danger that can appear… we must realize that we are charged with the task of speaking up simply because it can save a life or plenty of lives. The tip hotline number is 833-632-7233, and the app can also be downloaded. 

This month is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Team BCPS is actively participating in activities and planning for system wide events during the week of October 22nd-26th. Our staple slogan is Kindness Matters because guess what? Kindness DOES matter. Never do to someone else what you would not want done to you or someone you love.

This year I, along with BCSC, am challenging each and every person who is a part of Team BCPS to pledge that:

“I stand against bullying because I stand with kindness, now, not later.” Often times we pledge that we are going to be kind, and our actions don’t always follow. I ask you as we move forward as a county pressing for change, to stop the bullying within our communities we must pledge that we are what we say we are going to be. We are Team BCPS and we are kind.

Thank you.

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