Starlight features in students' clarion calls
The Starlight Children’s Foundation is the fundraising target of student activists from a coalition of 11 Palmerston City schools.
The lobbyists are members of Student Voice Positive Choice, a group formed in 2018 to promote social justice and endorse the worth of each student.
Delegates met and chose Starlight — an organisation dedicated to sick children — in a mini-summit convened to select from beneficiaries proposed by the schools.
Driver Primary School senior teacher Emma Hansen said the cause conforms to the principles of the Palmerston school hubs.
“Student Voice Positive Choice aimstomake positive choices, have a strong voice in the community and work for what is right, ensuring all young people feel safe, connected and valued,” she said.
“Part of our focus is to change any negative narratives and perceptions relating to Palmerston young people.”
Mrs Hansen said Student Voice Positive Choice works to make uplifting changes at global, local, and school community levels.
“Starlight was picked by the student leaders as the 2020 global project because of its connection to children,” she said.
“Fundraising is coordinated by student leaders at each school, and the money raised will be donated at a mid-August summit involving 110 students.
“The assembly will also be used to display images or footage of schools’ fundraising activities, promoting Student Voice Positive Choice and the benefits of collaboration.”
The summit will be held on 13 August at D-Hub, Palmerston College.