At Waterloo the student council team strives to be leaders and follow our expectations of being safe, responsible, and respectful Waterloo Wildcats. At each meeting we plan for the following month or activity. Earlier this year the student council helped with the sales of yo-yo's for NED program against bullying. We also put on a food drive for 2 weeks to collect nonperishable food items for families in need. Currently, we are paired up with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society raising money for patients and awareness for blood cancers. In February we will be putting on a Candy Gram sale and in March we will be selling Moto-grams for ISTEP. In April and May we have a lot happening as well. We will be pairing up with the American Red Cross for a blood drive for the community. We also plan on organizing a talent show for the end of the year. The activities we plan are for the entire school. Our goal is to make every student feel welcome and to be apart of these events. Money that we raise for our funds gets spent on prizes for classes who were in first through third place with the special fundraisers like the food drive and the Pennies for Patients. Also, at the end of the year we purchase t-shirts for the 5th grade class to take with them as a farewell gift. We also have planned on giving a scholarship to a DeKalb High School senior who attended Waterloo Elementary on the high school's scholarship night.
We open up student council to students who are in 3rd through 5th-grade. We usually have 10 to 12 members each year. Myself and Mrs. Olson give applications to those who are interested at the beginning of each school year. During the application process the students have 4-6 open ended questions that they are to thoughtfully answer as well as three references. We have a point system for the questions. Mrs. Olson and I both grade the applications and average the two scores together. We then take the top candidates from each grade level. We are always looking for students who have bright ideas and are willing to go above to help their school. Each year we also try to give different students an opportunity to participate.