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Breaking News: SMSD Sustainability Youth Summit

The Shawnee Mission School District invites students and teachers to the Sustainability Youth Summit on March 30 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. It will take place at Johnson County Community College Center for Sustainability, Regnier Center C & D, at 12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66210. They released this press release about the event:

In response to information gathered from community members, the Shawnee Mission School District has developed a strategic plan encompassing seven themes. Theme Six is dedicated to sustainable and efficient use of resources. The district plans to identify sustainability goals to extend resources and maximize efficiency to increase student achievement, improve environmental quality and serve the community.

To launch the process, student representatives from the six district high schools are invited to share their thoughts and priorities as part of the SMSD Sustainability Youth Summit. An interdisciplinary team of teachers and students from the arts, sciences, journalism and social studies in Shawnee Mission will attend the Summit hosted by the Center for Sustainability at Johnson County Community College on Wednesday, March 30, 9 am to 2 pm.

Overland Park City Councilman Curt Skoog will provide the welcome in his capacity as chair of the Mid-America Regional Council Board and past chair of Creating Sustainable Places. The Summit is hosted by the Johnson County Community College Center for Sustainability. The Center is providing student and staff support. A sustainable zero-waste lunch will be served. The keynote address will be provided by Kristy Howell, Johnson County Community College Center for Sustainability.  Technical assistance for the Summit is provided by Jasmin Moore, manager of sustainability programs for Johnson County. 

At the conclusion of the Summit students will be invited to commit to personal actions. Summit goals will be shared with district administrators, students, teachers, community members and elected officials.    

For more information, please contact Joan Leavens, Coordinator of Sustainability and Community Engagement, Shawnee Mission School District, at or 913.993.8722

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Celia Hack is a senior at Shawnee Mission East, and this is her third year on the Harbinger staff. She is very excited to be the editor of the Harbinger Online, though she also participates in the IB program and cross country. Read Full »

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