Louisburg High School juniors Brooklyn Southard and Hogan Welch shared their RYLA experiences with us. Although the first night was a little "awkward," by the end of the week they had made life-long friends and learned life skills they will always use. 
Throughout the week the 50 students from Rotary District 5710 worked together in groups to challenge themselves, solve problems and serve their communities. They maneuvered obstacle courses and mind challenges, learning the importance of every individual in team settings. While Brooklyn sorted food in the local food pantry, Hogan helped seniors exercise at a local care facility. Each large group picked a societal issue to analyze: bullying, the Kansas brain drain and the concept of required volunteerism before pursuing post-secondary education. At the end-of-the-week graduation ceremony, each group presented their ideas and solutions to the crowd of parents in attendance.
From staying in dormitories and asking college students real-life questions to hearing Barbara Walters speak at the Dole Institute and trouble-shooting societal and political issues we face every day, our RYLA graduates learned a lot about themselves and their place in the world. They enjoyed bowling, dance-offs and fun zones, too, making it a week they will not soon forget.
In Other News:
  • Pastor Sandy gave a Happy Do$$ar for the completion of the First Christian Church of Louisburg renovation. Congratulations!
  • The New Teacher Luncheon is this Friday, August 8th @11:30 @ the Louisburg Middle School. The cost is $5 and you may pay at the door. We have 9 new educators.
  • We will know the results of the County Commissioner election on Monday when the 28 provisional ballots have been counted. The race is now between Phil Dixon and Jacob Vickrey.
  • The lunch special was spicy...and very well presented.