February 17, 2012 > SURFing in Fremont
SURFing in Fremont
By Angie Wang, Photo by Allison Tong
Students United for the Representation of the Fremont Unified School District, Board of Education (SURF) is a committee made up of high school representatives from all FUSD high schools. Run by student Co-chairs Allison Tong and James Ho, Secretary Becky Nguyen, and Treasurer Janesh Gupta, SURF provides the School Board with input regarding current issues affecting the schools while keeping the community updated with events that each school hosts.
Recently, SURF organized their very first "Socks and Shoeboxes" drive, which consisted of collecting donations of socks, gloves, small gift items, stationery, toys, and hygiene products, which were placed into decorated shoeboxes filled with the supplies that homeless children would find useful. Everything collected is being donated to the Children's Program at ABODE Services, formerly known as Tri-City Homeless Coalition.
Co-chairs Tong and Ho plan and conduct SURF's meetings, during which they discuss future events such as their annual leadership conference, intended for those in grades 5 through 8. The members of the entire SURF committee meet two Mondays each month, prior to School Board meetings. Anyone is welcome to listen in. As for becoming an official member of SURF, students must apply and undergo the interview process, required for all prospective and returning members of the organization. For more information, contact your school's SURF representatives.
Through SURF, Tong has "learned the importance of communication and networking. Since the members of SURF are all from different schools, we aren't able to see each other and communicate in person on a daily basis, so we have to communicate through other, similarly efficient means to keep everyone updated," she says.
SURF's goal is to provide an outlet where students are able to express their concerns and opinions of their respective schools. Because the SURF committee has members from throughout FUSD, students can often find solutions to their concerns by asking other board members how other schools deal with similar issues. SURF representatives benefit from valuable connections throughout the district, allowing them to improve their respective Associated Student Bodies (ASBs). Members also exchange ideas for school events and fundraisers. SURF provides FUSD schools with the valuable opportunity of banding together and continuing to improve the district as a whole.