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Yes Fest 2018 encourages teens to find their own path and do good along the way

October 24, 2018
The Town Crier

On Friday, Oct. 19, Boardman High School hosted its sixth annual Yes Fest. The anti-drug event was created to challenge students to go a step further than just saying no to drugs, but to also say yes to positive influences, especially community service.

Organizers invited several community leaders to share their stories with students to give a glimpse of the rewards and challenges of their careers. This year's Yes Fest speakers included Roxann Sebest from United Way, Becky Miller from Second Harvest Food Bank, Crystal Eckman from the Rescue Mission, and Mary Louk from Animal Charity.

The entire high school as well as seventh and eighth graders from Glenwood Junior High attended the assembly in the Boardman Performing Arts Center. Then high school students walked to the gym for a community festival with endless volunteer choices.

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Boardman high school students distributed Yes Fest T-shirts to the entire student body before Friday's big event. Students pictured include Christine Zheng, Anna Deeley, and Raegan Burkey.

Students talked to representatives from nearly 60 valley nonprofits about a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Some of the guests included Akron Children's Hospital, Beatitude House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Humane Society, and the Mahoning Valley United Way.

"The theme for Yes Fest this year is Care, Connection, and Community," said Assistant High School Principal Anne Bott. "As administrators, we believe you have to give students more than the just say no message; give them the power to determine who they want to be, and provide them ways to make a positive difference. It's not just about 'scaring them straight,' sometimes it's about 'igniting a passion'."



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