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Providing students with opportunities to lead is one of the central emphases of the FWSU Action Plan. All of our schools have numerous examples and in future postings we will highlight as many of them as we can. But today will focus on our newest Fairfax School Board Student Representative, Jake Hakey.

Q: Can you tell us why you were interested in serving on the Fairfax School Board?

I am interested in serving on the Fairfax School Board because I offer a valuable resource to the board and they offer a valuable resource to us as students. The School Board was an interesting option to me because I have had family who have served as administration or board members and this opportunity allowed me to get in the “family business” and an inside view on how school works behind closed doors.

Q: What have you learned so far?

The amount I have learned so far is more than I can put into words. Whether it is just how meetings work and are run, or the current legislation in Vermont including monumental acts like Act 46.

Q: What advice would you give to other students who may want to serve on the future?

Our opinions matter to those “above us.” Every meeting we are constantly being probed about topics and we report out at every meeting to the board as a whole, including administration. My advice is that this is a way to get involved and don’t pass up on it just because it seems like more work. You will build great relationships and develop stronger skills in communication and social skills.

Q: What excites you most about education at BFA?

There is so much on the horizon for BFA. The state of Vermont is on the forefront of education and are responding to students’ needs. The whole landscape of education as we know it is changing for the better for everyone.

Q: What do your friends think of your service?

I think my friends are intrigued by my service. They are constantly asking me questions about what goes on. They have learned from me more about what goes on and how we can affect what goes on. Politics are fun despite hectic!

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FWSU Action Plan

Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning

Action Step – Provide multiple avenues for students and staff to lead, advocate, and serve within the school and community

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