“The canned food drive is an annual event,” said James Warren, a Stanbridge counselor and STAR team sponsor. “[St. Anthony’s] seems to have the most need and are all set up for a drop off like ours.”
Earlier this year, STAR team also created thank you cards for veterans and held a hygiene drive, where they asked members of the Stanbridge community to donate items such as Band-aids, shaving cream, baby wipes, and combs. They then delivered all of the items to Samaritan House in San Mateo.
There are two ways to join STAR team: recommendation from a teacher or staff member and self-nomination.
“Members of STAR team are usually asked if they would like to join based on a consistent history of positive behavior,” said James. “Some kids are chosen because membership can provide a social and self-esteem building experience that certain kids really need.”
If students nominate themselves, they are put on “prospect” status and given a mentor as a guide. If, after two weeks, their teachers and peers give a thumbs-up, they are inducted as a full member.
“I want to be on STAR team to help Stanbridge be a better place, and by extension make the world a better place,” said a prospective STAR team member in his speech to the current members.
He was approved moments later after a short discussion.
“He’s a good person and helps people,” said one of the current members of the applicant, “…definitely STAR team member material.”
After the break, STAR team will create cards for Police Appreciation Week. When the members deliver the cards, they will also get a full tour to the San Mateo Police Department central station.
“There’s a lot of commitment; you need to be willing to help at any time including recess,” said the Junior STAR Team President. “But it’s worth it!”