Archive for Thursday, February 4, 2010

Students meet governor during January program

February 4, 2010

The USD 458 coordinator of the Basehor-Linwood YouthFriends and YouthFriends Corps participated in the proclamation signing by Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson in January in the state capitol.

On behalf of all YouthFriends - Kansas school districts, statewide director Leila Gallagher asked Basehor-Linwood’s Tammy Potts to join her in the occasion.

YouthFriends Corps CareCat Jake Potts also has received a unique individual honor, and was able to participate in the proclamation signing due to his work in both YouthFriends and Kansas DropINs. He is serving as a tri-county summit representative of the Kansas DropINs youth council. As the Leavenworth, Johnson and Wyandotte County youth representative, Jake Potts was one of eight Kansas students chosen based on a competitive essay written last summer on why it is important to identify the drop out signs early and how high school students should peer mentor by showing the importance of “dropping in” to school rather than dropping out.

Jake Potts is in his second year as a CareCat mentor at Glenwood Ridge Elementary, and asked second-grader and protégé Chase Torkelson to go with him to meet the governor.

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