Burrton Middle and High School students are becoming active in "YAR" — Youth As Resources.   In November a small group of students and adults from Burrton schools attended a Town Hall Meeting organized by Mirror,Inc.  Students from several communities were also in attendance learning about issues and struggles surrounding addiction in Harvey County.  YAR is a way that students can become involved through positive interaction and activities with peers.

Burrton represented at a second activity at the Newton YMCA in December.  Students from Newton, Sedgwick, Hesston and Burrton came together to learn about positive ways they can make a difference among peers and in their communities.

Presently there are about eight students representing the 8th through 12th grades that have taken an active role in YAR.  They have begun work to become a presence at their school.  Their main focus will be to design and carry out service projects and to implement campaigns that address substance abuse in youth.

These students are planning an event for their peers for Feb. 22 in the high school gym.  With of the support of Mirror, Inc. the fifth grade through eighth grade students, and also the ninth through 12th grade students, will each attend an assembly with guest, Dustin Galyon.  Coach Galyon, Head Men’s Basketball coach at Hesston College, will bring an energetic message of the benefits of making good choices — the kind of positive choices that help ensure a productive, successful future.

YAR representatives are preparing for a day where students will be encouraged to “Live Above the Influence: — Break the chain of Addiction”  The community is invited to attend the middle school  session at 8:50 to  9:45 a.m. or the high school session from 10:30 to 11:40 a.m.  

Youth As Resources (YAR) is a project of Mirror Inc. and receives funds from Newton Substance Abuse Board and Kansas Health Foundation.