Daily Point of Light # 1891 May 3, 2001

The Broward County Association of Student Councils (BCASC) was founded over 26 years ago in Broward County, Florida. They are made up of members from all of the 60 public middle and high schools and five of the private middle and high schools in the county. Their mission is to transform education one student at a time.

The BCASC has a long tradition of community service and specifically sponsors five programs for Broward County in addition to supporting many of the schools functions. Babes in Book land is a program that solicits donations and funds for low-income families. Collections of new books are then distributed over the holidays. During the 1999-2000 school year, over 4000 books were collected.

The BCASC also sponsors Beach Clean-up Broward. This program is a coastal clean up that stretches from the Dade County Line in the South to the Palm Beach County Line in the North. Over 3000 middle and high school students participated in this event during the 1999-2000 school year while also helping the environment.

In addition to this, the Winter Walk and Canned Food Challenge are also special projects for BCASC. The Winter Walk is a 12 K, organized to raise money for the Cancer Research Network. Last year, more than 1000 high school students participated and helped our nation get that much closer to a cure. The Canned Food Challenge is an inter-school competition used to collect non-perishable foods for those in need. Making this event a challenge increases the donations and helps more families. Last year, almost 8,000 pounds of food were collected during the challenge.

The final program sponsored by the BCASC is the Gift of Sight. A used eyeglass collection is organized by the BCASC. They, in turn, donate them to the Lions Club to help those in need receive the gift of sight.

The BCASC is a school, student-based organization that reaches far beyond its school district. The members of the community as well as those afflicted with cancer throughout the nation are touched by their labor of love.