Reclaiming ‘May Madness’ for caring

May 27, 2014

By Madeline Wells

Madeline Wells Issaquah         High School

Madeline Wells
High School

After last year’s fiasco with the infamous “May Madness” competition, Issaquah High School is responding by reclaiming the name.

This year, May has been dedicated to a series of service projects and events geared toward creating a more caring and unified student body.

“Our hope for ‘May Madness’ was to create a new perspective for the student body,” said Amanda Levenson, a student involved in Associated Student Body. “We wanted students to look around, see how other people are hurting, and understand each other better and how they should interact.”

The new “May Madness” started with a kick-off assembly at the beginning of the month featuring guest speaker Phil Boyte.

Other activities organized by the ASB included four themes: reflecting on how we treat ourselves and others; caring for others; getting involved in our community; and the positivity of change.

The activities included a Teacher Appreciation Week along with kindness notes and appreciation letters; helping set up and prepare for Relay for Life; a Service Project and Charity Fair; Multicultural Night; a Club Fair; and a coin drive for YWCA Family Village in the Highlands, complete with after-school service activities at the YWCA.

“We think our plans have had a positive impact on the student body,” student Juliana Da Cruz said. “The issues we are facing are large and difficult to address, but we can only act on the simple things we know in the hopes that it will start to create a greater change.”

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