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Orcutt students collaborate on ideas to improve schools

Posted at 10:17 PM, Oct 31, 2018

Students in Orcutt Union School District are talking about the problems they face at their schools.

More than 60 students presented their ideas and plans to school and district leaders on Wednesday.

They pointed out problems they face, including homework workload, school activity participation, and mental health.

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Students present their ideas to school leaders (KSBY Photo)

Their discussions were led by the Students Leading Education Program.

The program works with students grades 7 through 12, teaching them to become empowered and positive leaders.

“I think it’s great that they want to get students involved. I really think that having the students voice in these types of issues is big since it is affecting the students,” said Mariah Lopez, a junior at Orcutt Academy High School.

“We start chapters in schools in order to inspire and empower students to think about their learning, to challenge them to get uncomfortable and to share their voice across the country and show that they matter and that they are important in this process,” said Travis Allen, President and Founder of iSchool Initiative and S.L.E.D.

Students will have another chance to voice their opinions during professional learning day Thursday. After a keynote speaker, teachers and administrators will participate in workshops and breakout sessions.