Running for school class president comes with a responsibility, but it also provides an early opportunity to see how basic government works. Some elementary schools give students the opportunity to partake in their student government or student council. Positions a student may get the chance to run for include president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Running for a position like president might require responsibilities like running student council meetings, taking votes as well as being a middleman between faculty and students.
Become a representative for your class when you are in the lower grades. Most elementary school student councils will have student representatives from 4th, 5th and 6th grade. Some might even have representatives from 3rd grade. Becoming a representative early on will get you used to how Student Council works and how it is run.
Check the policy of the Student Council as to who may run for what positions. Some student councils will only allow 6th graders to run for vice-president and president, while others might allow 5th graders to run as well.
Sign up to run for president with your school. Student Council elections usually take place at the beginning of the year.
Campaign. Put up posters and get your name out there to the entire student body. Make your posters large and clear so that everyone can read them. Keep the posters simple by writing "Elect John Doe for President" or "John Doe President (year)." If you can come up with a way for students to remember your name, with a rhyme pertaining to your campaigning, include it.
Talk to students personally during your recess, and lunch time and let them know that you are running for class president. This way, the students can put a face to your name. Also, ask the students what they would like changed if you were to become president.
Write a simple, informative and entertaining speech. Include in your speech why you should be voted president and what you will try to change once president. Some of these items could include the quality of school lunches, longer recess periods, better playground equipment, more after-school activities and newer books.
Wait for the votes to come in to see if you made it as student president.
Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.