By Zachary Rhine
News and Feature Editor
From lunches to schedules to bathrooms, students are always eager to voice their opinions on how Red Lion can do better. That is where RSVP and student council step in, not only to listen but also to act.
RSVP occurs three times a school year during a day six academic prep period where student council representatives visit every homeroom and listen and take suggestions from the students on what they want to see changed in their school.
“RSVP is based off student response, so we go wherever they lead us,” Mrs. Jane Dennish, student council adviser and Red Lion English teacher, said. “We may have some questions prepared, but typically it’s all based on student need.”
The student council members report their findings back to Dennish, and then they as a group bring those issues up with Mr. Mark Shue, Red Lion High School principal.
“Mr. Shue is very open, and willing to listen to us,” senior Shayla Jones said. “He doesn’t just shrug us off.”
RSVP and Mr. Shue work together to make the student body happy. During the last school year they were getting numerous complaints about the flex bell schedules, arguing that they were confusing. To adjust for this, academic prep was instated to give the students a more united and singular bell schedule while also giving them a chance to met with their teachers to make up any work or gain some tutoring.
This year RSVP is working on smaller changes in the school, many of which Dennish jokingly pointed out, have to do with food.
“I know the most recent thing that we’re working on is the salad dressing,” Dennish said. “Evidently that changed from regular to reduced fat. So we’re collecting data to take to Mr. Shue, and then he can take that data to the food services people. Then we can look into if we can get some regular salad dressings back.”
RSVP has also started selling coffee in the morning in the hopes that it will inspire more people into coming to school on time.
Big celebrations such as Wish Week and the Best Day Ever will be continuing for years to come, and RSVP even hopes to add possible new ones such as a winter dance and even reviving the school talent show.