USD 490 SRO hosts state Crime Stoppers conference
USD 490 School Resource Officer Kurt Spivey hosted the Kansas Crime Stoppers Scholastic Conference in the Butler Community College welcome center on November 6.
The conference focused on leadership and encouraged the 184 attendees to be the change they want to see in their communities.
Keynote speaker Shannon McKain described a leadership immersion experience she attended that required her to navigate the marshes of Florida to travel from one place to another. McKain stressed the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone in order to learn more about your own capabilities and grow as a person.
"Some of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have are the ones that push you out of your comfort zone," McKain said.
Kansas Senator Bruce Givens and State Representative Mary Martha Good spoke to students about Making Change Legally. They described how ideas are turned into law and how students can impact legal changes.
SRO Kurt Spivey led the session "If you Want Change, You Must Be Change." He reiterated that students must model the positive change they would like to see in their community. By volunteering and treating others with kindness and respect, they can be leaders of change.
After lunch, students were tasked with brainstorming ways they can be the change they want to see when they return to their schools and communities.
Officer Spivey plans to host the conference again next year with a theme of anti-bullying.