McKINNEY (May 22, 2014) — The kids who serve on elementary school student councils probably don’t join up because they are looking to win awards and grab personal glory; service is the guiding theme. But, for five McKinney ISD student councils, leading by putting others first has earned them recognition at the national level.

The sweat equity invested by the student councils at Eddins, Finch, Reuben Johnson, McClure and Press Elementary while serving their schools and the larger community this year has earned distinction from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation in the form of the Honor Student Council Excellence Award.

According to NAESP, the Honor Student Council Excellence Award “recognizes outstanding achievement conducted by Student Councils in the area of community service, student leadership, citizenship and school spirit.”

Throughout the year, the student council members on these five campuses have labored as servant-leaders to promote school spirit, raise funds and awareness for important causes, help those in need and to remind us that we can make a difference when we work together.

Press Elementary Student Council sponsor Eva Raney said, “The Press Student Council is brand new this year and I have been so impressed with the commitment from the kids! They have worked so hard and been great examples of leaders on campus!”

That’s the general sentiment across all five of these school communities, so here’s a sampling of some of the great things the kids have been up to:

  This year, the Eddins Elementary Student Council participated in a canned fruit food drive, a “Shop-N-Share Toy Drive” during the holidays and collected Easter baskets for the Samaritan Inn. In addition to their duties as spirit boosters during school assemblies and theme days, the student council kids at Eddins sold Boo Grams and Valentine Grams for fundraisers.

  The Finch Elementary Student Council helped implement district initiatives including “Red Ribbon Week” activities and monthly “Finch Live!” assemblies. They led a campus food drive called “Scare Away Hunger” and collected socks for the Salvation Army through a project called “Toasty Toes.” In February, the student council sold hearts during their recess and lunch periods to support the “Hearts for Finch” fundraiser to purchase technology for the library. And, they adopted residents of a nearby nursing home whom they have visited to share songs, flowers and other gifts they’ve created.


  Reuben Johnson Elementary’s Student Council led a coat drive to benefit students at their sister school, Lawson Early Childhood School, and organized a “Coins for Claws” coin drive to benefit the McKinney SPCA. During the holidays, they collaborated with the Johnson PTA for a toy drive that benefited a local charity called “Brett’s Blessings” and exceeded their goal by collecting more than 300 toys. Then, they got together with the kids and staff at Lawson for a canned fruit drive to support the McKinney Food Pantry. They purchased a water bottle filling station to encourage students to refill their water bottles with filtered water throughout the school day, and last week, the Johnson Student Council pitched in to help the students and teachers during Lawson’s field day event.

  The McClure Elementary Student Council took time in the midst of their ongoing efforts to promote school spirit and fundraisers to plant Crape Myrtles on their campus. They also organized a Veterans Day parade that found McClure students proudly escorting a long line of U.S. military veterans past the school’s entrance where a large crowd of teachers, students and community members gathered to express their heartfelt appreciation of the men and women who have served our country.

You can view the McClure Veterans Day Parade video by clicking here.

  The Press Elementary Student Council raised over $900 for Operation Warm and more than $1000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through their “Pennies for Patients” drive this year. They also sold Boo-Grams to raise money in the fall and led teacher appreciation efforts in the fall and spring, and their volunteer service at PTA night helped make the event a huge success.

All of this is great for the recipients, but it benefits the givers as well; participation in service activities builds qualities that parents covet for their children such as character and leadership.

“Student council members demonstrate good citizenship and hold themselves to a high standard of conduct on a daily basis,” said Johnson Elementary Principal Suzy Woodard. “The student council members and sponsors are always willing to take on a new challenge to support our school and/or the community.

“I could not be more proud of these kind and caring students!” Johnson said.

And while these particular student council groups are being recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty, the refreshing fact is that all across McKinney ISD, one can find individuals and groups of students engaged in service, who understand the value in being a leader – and that true leadership starts with recognizing a need and then rolling up your sleeves.

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or


About McKinney ISD

One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,750 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at