The concept of Mason Preparatory School's City Council was developed by the first Headmistress, Harriet Mason, and the founder of the school, Nancy Hawk, both of whom believed in actively serving one's community. Our City Council is modeled after a city government and is led by a mayor and mayor pro-tem along with a Health and Environmental Engineer and a Safety Director. Rising eighth graders may run for Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem, and rising sixth graders may run for the positions of Health and Environmental Engineer and Safety Director. Candidates give campaign speeches at a school assembly during election week, and on Friday of election week, the entire school votes on actual voting machines for the three offices. In addition, each homeroom votes for two student delegates to the City Council. Their job is to communicate projects undertaken by the City Council to the rest of the student body.
Under the City Council's leadership, our school supports a variety of local, national, and global organizations. For example, the City Council holds a healthy snack sale to help raise money for Juvenile Diabetes. They collect change during the school's annual book fair to buy books for children at MUSC's children's hospital. They sponsor a variety of activities, such as a City Council vs. Teachers kickball game, to raise money to support two Indonesian children. The City Council also holds a blood drive to support the Red Cross, makes care packages for the armed servicemen and women overseas, and collects pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. The City Council sponsors an Environmental and Safety week and is in charge of the school's recycling program twice a month. These varied activities engage all students in service to our community and give members of City Council experience in leadership roles.