At its Third General Session, the Black River Falls High School Student Senate unanimously approved continuing sponsorship of a 13-year-old Tibetan student at the Tibetan Children’s Village in northern India.

This will mark the 10th year that the Student Senate has provided tuition help for Tibetan students associated with this particular school through Tibet Aid of New York.

Sponsorship director Kathleen Nolan of Tibet Aid was thrilled with the news. “We’re pleased that the BRFHS Student Senate continues this sponsorship and are interested in how you use the cross-cultural and comparative history aspects of indigenous people to help your students understand the story of people who are uprooted from their homelands.”

The Senate first provided sponsorship in 2008 under the leadership of President Rachel Colloton who years ago solicited funds from the Tiger Investment Club to make sponsorship a joint venture between the two organizations.

“We are pleased to continue with this program and feel that it is a positive use of our funds,” said Senate President Nolan Plaisance after the recent vote.

In other actions, the Senate had its first reading of a resolution from the Prescott Student Council regarding the continued use of race-based logos and nicknames in Wisconsin.

The Prescott Council has been actively involved in this issue for a number of years and is seeking support from other schools. The Senate will consider what actions to take and have further discussion on this in its December session.

The Political Action and School Environment Committees also offered their initial reports in November after their first meetings were held last week. Emma Goodenough and Becca Ross are chairing the committees and will have further updates in December.

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