Students met with the PTA and RISD superintendent Jeannie Stone to ask questions and discuss important issues as part of RISD Say Something. The PTA organized the event in the library and had popcorn and soda for the students.
This year’s district theme is RISD Say Something, so the PTA board invited Stone to give students an opportunity to speak up and ask questions.
“RISD Say Something is about making sure everyone has a voice and that everyone feels like they can say something and that they are valued, their voice is valued and respected,” Stone said.
Students were able to ask Stone questions and give feedback about anything they wanted to see change. Junior Megan Meisenheimer asked Stone questions regarding heating in the school and Eagle Eye, the live announcements broadcast by the Communications Magnet.
“There was one question I didn’t get to ask, but other than that I do think I was listened to, so that’s awesome,” Meisenheimer said.
Stone was asked questions about class rank, midterm exemptions, and heating and air conditioning in the building, all of which she plans on looking into further.
“What I can promise to do is to go back and talk to my staff about things that are important to students to see if there’s something we can do to make things better,” Stone said.
This is the first year the PTA has invited Stone to an event like this, and they plan on doing more events like this in the future.
“I hope that next time we do this it’ll inspire more students to come, and then people will be able to speak their minds about something that they’ve been thinking about or a good idea they’ve had,” junior Lucy Lavigne said.