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Students Creating Art With Powerful Message

Posted 3/16/2017

Hesston Record Staff

Hesston High students are creating art with a mission that will be appearing throughout schools in Harvey County.

Students in art teacher Shelly Hageman’s digital arts class took part in a project to create drug awareness posters for Mirror Inc.

Des Martins with Mirror Inc, said Harvey County has been “red flagged” due to prescription drug abuse and marijuana use above the state average.

“There’s been a change in drug use. We need to start efforts to get the Harvey County Drug Coalition going again.  But, it’s not about what we are against; it’s about what we are for. We want to set young people up for success and give young people a voice in a positive way and recognizing their positive influences,” she said.

Hageman’s students’ work will be on display in Halstead, Newton, Sedgwick, Peabody and Burrton, thanks to the efforts of the Kansas Prevention Network.

“I appreciate that [Hageman] and the young people were so creative in these posters.  We want students to know they are an important part of our communities and we cannot solve community problems without them,” said Martins.

For his work on the poster, and for winning a popular-vote on his work, student Will Rizza will be enjoying a membership to the YMCA after his work was nominated as the best poster. 

To read more, see this weeks print edition