Last Wednesday, I took a group of six student council members to our district meeting in Ponca City. If you're unfamiliar with your Oklahoma geography, Ponca City is practically in Kansas. As you drive north to Ponca City, the highway signs read: "Ponca City X miles; State Line Y miles." District meetings are an opportunity for students from various student councils across our region of the state to come together to listen to a speaker and complete a service project.
The theme for our meeting was "The Road to Success."
|The Road to Success|
The Ponca City High School Student Council did a great job with the decorations!
|Road to Success Decor|
While waiting for the program to start, we enjoyed muffins and donuts. I took this time to draw a picture on the back of our envelope of registration materials. Keep in mind that I am not an artist.
|Sunny Day In The Park|
Yeah, I think I'll stick with teaching math.
|I love how they used the old license plates to decorate with!|
The highlight of our trip was the speaker, Tiffany Smiling. Tiffany is an entrepreneur and founder of Project Orphans. Project Orphans is a charity that was created to build and staff homes for orphans in Uganda, Jamaica, Burma, and Haiti.
Tiffany was a powerful speaker with a powerful story. If you have time today, I would suggest that you spend some of it listening to Tiffany tell her story of overcoming a childhood diagnosis of a rare form of brain cancer and doing what others deemed impossible. It's not quite twelve minutes long, and I think it will be well worth your time. My students left inspired, and they couldn't quit talking about how touched they were by her story.
If you can't see the video embedded below, follow this link to youtube. Warning, you might want to make sure you have a kleenex handy.