BAXTER SPRINGS - They say a picture is worth a thousand words. There's something about symbolic visual representation that gives an idea unquestionable visceral tangibility. That was the idea that spanned three classes of Baxter Springs Middle School student councils, and recently came to fruition in the new sign adorning the building's entrance.

"After we moved to the new building behind the high school, a lot of people didn't know we were here," BMS Principal Jared Walker said. "The students came up with the idea that we needed a sign, something that could be seen from the highway."

Counselor Lori Kellum said that the student councils from the past three years have worked and saved money earned from their dances to pay for the sign, which hangs proudly outside the school.

"It was important for the students to have a sign that would stand out," Kellum said.