Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students have the opportunity to serve as members of Saint James Student Council. Each spring after potential candidates submit petitions, run an election campaign and present speeches to the student body the students in fourth through seventh grade elect new Student Council officers. Homeroom representatives are chosen in the fall by their classmates.
Student Council meets on a weekly basis to develop a variety of service and fundraising projects to aid the school, parish and local community.
The organization sponsors four themed dress down days a year such as Red Ribbon Day for anti-drug awareness and Dress for a Cause Day in which the proceeds collected are donated to a select cause.
Student Council members collect and count the sandwiches for the school's monthly Sandwich Day which are then donated to a local soup kitchen.
Each Halloween the council sponsors a Parade for Hunger; the representatives make Thanksgiving baskets that are delivered by Lily's Pantry to needy families.
Student Council also offers lunchtime activities, themed raffles, and candy-grams for Valentine's Day. Last year they were able to purchase the school's bicycle rack and this year they are looking into purchasing new equipment for the playground.
Students who participate in Student Council learn how the election process works, the importance of government and the value of service to others.