The duties of an elementary school student council include organizing events, programs and projects, encouraging democratic participation and striving to promote good citizenship by example. While student councils are generally given some autonomy in these duties, the school faculty will reserve the right to veto decisions or activities that run counter to the interests or policies of the school.
The events, programs and projects arranged by student council bodies might include any of the following:
- Food or clothing banks in the community
- Adopt-a-grandparent schemes
- Projects to improve the appearance of the school or grounds
- Tutoring programs
- Letter-writing campaigns (for example, to soldiers overseas)
- Events to raise funds and aid for disaster victims
Besides setting a good example for their peers, the other duties of student council members will depend on their specific title. The general members, or representatives, will often simply have the responsibility of reporting back to the council from their homeroom. The Treasurer has the duty of maintaining financial records, and will work closely with the Secretary and an advisory member of the school faculty. The Secretary is responsible for official correspondence and taking notes during council meetings to keep a record of what has been said. The President, meanwhile, conducts the meetings with the assistance of their Vice President, who will also assume the President's role in case of absence.