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Do Something commission promotes service and spirit

November 2, 2019

Pursuing the ambitious goal of inspiring social changes, the Associated Student Body’s (ASB) Do Something commission plans events ranging from football tailgates to blood drives at Carlmont.

As a part of the Service Council in ASB, they benefit Carlmont’s students by engaging them in activities and events on campus.

“[Do Something commission] is a body that finds activities they can organize for the student body that helps make a difference directly into the Carlmont community but also into the larger community as a whole,” said Jim Kelly, the ASB activities director.

Initially inspired by DoSomething.org, ASB’s commission joined the global movement around five years ago. Full of motivation, they cultivated a vision of a better community they hope to help build.

As they continue to lend themselves to that ultimate goal, many Carlmont students have felt that the commission builds a sense of community through less traditional, service-oriented means, as students are brought together for events like the blood drive.

“I think it’s great to see things like the blood drive run by the Do Something commission. It really allows Carlmont to help a lot of people out in such an important way,” said Donovan Truel, a sophomore.

What students often don’t see is the commitment of the commissioners who organize these events and their passion for making a difference.

“I joined Do Something because I love how it gets people involved that don’t tend to do all the spirit-type activities. It also is a really cool commission since it has a lot of freedom to plan different types of activities,” said Ryan Irwin, a junior.

They planned a canned food drive that will be held from Nov. 4 to Nov. 20 and also discussed solutions to problems they may encounter. As they saw their plan starting to come together, their smiles radiated with optimism.

“A lot of work goes into planning all these events because there are so many small things that go into it all. We have to publicize, write reminders, coordinate with all the people involved, and a lot of other things,” Irwin said.

The commission has already completed numerous projects this year, including the blood drive, making gift bags for members of Students Offering Support, and hanging up pledge ribbons from the school-wide activity involving the novel “The Hate You Give.”

Later in the school year, the commission hopes to plan a pride celebration in June, as well as an event with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“We’re not doing this to get any kind of recognition,” Kelly said. “We’re doing it because these are things that really benefit our community and our students.”

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Andrew Ghazouli is a sophomore at Carlmont High School and this is his first year in journalism. He is interested in journalism because of its power to spread knowledge and ideas and believes that being informed is very important in everyday life.

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