Osceola County Commissioner Peggy Choudhry decided to start a first ever Student Committee for students from 5th to 12th grade within the Osceola County School District.
There were 14 students who showed up to the first meeting on July 11. They got the opportunity to learn about government, how many commissioners there are in Osceola County, what they do, what they are involved with, and they even got a tour of the fourth floor of the courthouse.
“This is the first Student Committee that Osceola County has,” said Choudhry. “I want to give students a better understanding government and give them a chance to influence the decisions that are being made.”
Students were also introduced to different nonprofit organizations and what the services they offered.
“As part of the Pledge Against Bullying program, we sign a pledge card, alongside two friends, and promise not to bully and stand up against those who do,” said Athena, Choudhry’s daughter. “It is really cool because it is not just a teacher going against it but a whole group of kids against the bully, and that has a greater effect.”
Students will be given the opportunity to participate in the Back to School event on Aug. 10, at Plaza del Sol. The county, alongside Florida Technical College, will be giving away 500 backpacks for students in need.
To be able to be part of the Student Committee, students must attend meetings every month for six months to a year. Meetings are the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at 1 Courthouse Square, Kissimmee.
For more information, parents may contact Eleana Pena at 407-742-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.