The SMS student government, or student council, is named SALT, based on Matthew 5:13 – “You are the salt of the earth…” – as well as being an acronym for Service and Leadership Team. The focus of the student government is servant leadership in the footsteps of Jesus. SALT membership is open to any interested junior high students; only the leadership team has elected positions.
SALT is responsible for maintaining the long-term service relationship SMS has established with the House of Peace via two long-standing service activities: the Thanksgiving food drive and the Christmas toy collection. SALT assists with Catholic Schools Week activities as needed, maintains an ambassador role in providing hospitality to the parish and neighboring community at on-campus visits, and helps facilitate the All School Service Afternoon by packing and transferring collected items. SALT also plans several Masses a year. Over the years, the group has also been responsible for teddy bear patrol drives, breast cancer charity dress down days, and Catholic Schools Week penny wars.
SALT makes visible the school’s yearly theme (“Go, Make A Difference”) by designing and organizing the sale and distribution of theme related t-shirts. This SALT project allows students and faculty to dress in a non-uniform item for Masses and Spirit Days in a united manner while supporting a strong, impactful message.
Presently, SALT is expanding its leadership role to guide and support student generated/suggested projects that are of a “service club” nature – requiring both a hands-on focus and after school scheduling. Faculty members belonging to the Service team supervise these events. Such projects are evidence of student awareness and interest and SALT’s integral role in the bigger picture of service learning at SMS.