Students in Surprise lead mask up campaign

Dysart district student Leadership Council spreads word


Several students in the Dysart Unified School District are working to give back to each other and the community.

The Dysart Leadership Council is made up of students from Dysart, Valley Vista, Shadow Ridge and Willow Canyon high schools’ individual student councils. The group meets on a monthly basis to support and unify the students across the district.

Additionally, the council plans district-wide service projects, spirit events, presents updates to the governing board and represents the voice of the students district wide.

Luis Payan is a representative from Valley Vista. He said individual councils, as well as the leadership council, have been forced to adjust with the arrival of the pandemic in 2020.

“We had to move to areas of service for the schools and students,” Mr. Payan said.

He said the leadership council decided to look into areas where the most impact could be made. And after talking to the various councils, the group came up with the idea of putting together a #MaskUp campaign.

Signage was created and placed through the four high school campuses encouraging students to continue to wear masks as the Centers for Disease Control has recommended in order to keep schools open and students on campus.

“Each group also produced videos for the campaign to share across our social media platforms and played on campus,” Mr. Payan said.

The Dysart Leadership Council also hosted a COVID-19 relief and canned food drive in February and March.

In conjunction with 13 district schools/sites, and community partners including Spencer’s Place, and West-MEC, 4,866 pounds of items were donated to the Valley View Community Food Bank. These efforts will feed 4,800 families and about 20,000 people in the Northwest Valley.

The Dysart Leadership Council consists of students from all four high schools that meet on a monthly basis to support and unify the students across the district. The council plans district-wide service projects and spirit events, presents updates to the governing board, and serves as an outlet and voice for their fellow students.

Renee Ryon, DUSD communications director said the Student Leadership council was formed as a way to connect the various high school student councils so they could coordinate and work together on larger projects to extend the impact outside of campuses, which the group has executed.

“We greatly value and appreciate the input of all stakeholders, including our students. Having this district-level student group has given us direct contact with highly involved students so that we can regularly seek feedback from them, hear their perspective, and get regular updates on upcoming student-planned activities and projects,” she said.

To view the #MaskUp campaign video, visit

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