The #BurnsvilleStrong initiative will be involved in a new transition program to welcome and support new students at Burnsville High School next year and organizers have scheduled a fundraiser on June 28 to support the new effort.
Students going into 11th and 12th grades will attend training this summer to serve as peer mentors during the upcoming school year.
Organizers hope the program will further expand in the 2016-17 school year to welcome and support 9th grade students when they become part of the redesigned Burnsville High School serving grades 9-12 together.
“As we gear up for 2016-17, we feel as though a program of this nature will foster positivity, respect, and make Burnsville High School an even greater place to learn and grow,” said Jen Waller, a BHS teacher who is involved with #BurnsvilleStrong.
“With all of our seniors being here on one campus, the opportunities to develop their leadership and mentoring skills to support and guide our incoming 9th graders are endless,” said Principal Dave Helke. “It’s exciting to look forward to the leadership potential of having all seniors at the main campus all day to create a supportive 9-12 school community.”
To help fund the peer training, #BurnsvilleStrong is sponsoring a fundraiser on Sunday, June 28. A Motorcycle Run will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. followed by a Burger Bash at Neisen’s in Savage from 2 to 6 p.m. [View flyer] Half the proceeds will go toward #BurnsvilleStrong and the other half to the BHS Black & Gold Foundation.
The #BurnsvilleStrong initiative was started last year by students and staff at the high school in response to the tragic deaths of current and recently-graduated students. Its goal is to unite the community in supporting and encouraging the well-being and success of young people in many ways.