A focus on the positive can go a long way.
That’s the thought behind the 2nd annual Yes Fest held at Boardman High School this past week. Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley was a participant in the event for the second straight year.
It consisted of an assembly portion where students heard anti-drug messages from school officials and a local parent who lost a child to a drug overdose just last year, as well as exhibition space in the school’s gymnasium where students could learn about volunteer- and health-related information from 46 area businesses and organizations.
“Positive community events like this give us a platform to share the services we offer beyond traditional medical care,” said JoAnn Stock, director of development, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. “We’re advocates for children, and we strive to enhance their quality of life by keeping all children healthy, happy and safe.
“We staffed a table at Yes Fest where we shared with students information about volunteer and fundraising opportunities, as well information about programs and services we offer in the Mahoning Valley. The high-energy atmosphere and impressive turnout were encouraging signs that students are truly looking for ways to make a positive difference and live a healthy lifestyle.”
The Yes Fest concept started last year in Boardman, and is already seeing expansion to other schools, as well as interest from the State School Board Convention.