Thursday, November 24, 2016

Toby's Manifesto

So...Toby spent a very long time writing this in order to get elected by his peers to School Council. Toby has ADHD and suspected ASD and isn't the most popular kid in class. So he didn't get elected. And he was utterly heartbroken. BUT I posted this manifesto on facebook and had the most awesome response from my friends. So I'm tweeting it out there and putting out here for anyone to comment on. He's nine years old. And he rocks my world.


By Toby Alexander Edwards
A manifesto on how to become part of school council and purge Torridon Junior school of it’s greatest problems
My dear friends and classmates, if you vote for me to be your representative on the School Council I will promise to do these following things:

1.)My first suggestion is for the school to no longer speak in a single voice.
I am suggesting making a cardboard box I call the “suggestion box” with this, if any student has a good idea to improve the school, they can write down what there suggestion is on a slip and put it into the suggestion box. There will be 1 suggestion box in each and every class. At the end of the week, someone (say Mrs Parkhouse) empties the suggestion box, and decides which suggestions are good ones to use, or which is just for their own fun.
Good suggestion: make our own school “Be a Buddy not a Bully” club
Suggestion for someone’s own fun: Have the school cafeteria serve chips and burgers 1 week, fish fingers and chips another week, crispy fish and chips another week, and pizza and fries another week FOREVER!!

2.) My second suggestion is to have lonely students, to be happy and the EXACT OPPOSITE OF LONELY!
I think we should have a friendship bench. Students who have no friends  (those who do not have friends, I feel your pain ) can sit on the friendship bench, and someone will come and BOOM! Ultimate friendship power !!

3.) don’t think I didn’t forget about the infants!
My next suggestion is to have someone in the school council to read a fairytale aloud to a chosen infants class. At some point we could do a puppet show! That will 100% make the infants happy (I think)

4.) my final suggestion is to delete the schools greatest and most horrific problem...

I suggest someone who is being mean such as swearing to someone or hurting someone, should be sent into a room for a while. If they do not learn their lesson and do this repeatedly: PUNISHMENT! (If someone does this with a friend, they must be separated so they do not chat or play rock, paper, scissors)

In conclusion:
·        Happy students
·        No more bullies
·        Entertainment for the infants
·        Our school no longer speaking in a single voice

Vote for me !


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