KAY Klips


KAY Klips
November 2011

Arkansas City Middle School’s KAY Club food drive concluded with a total of 15,019 food items collected. Students went door-to-door throughout the community for one week gathering nonperishable food items to benefit the local Salvation Army and Manna Ministries. KAY members were pleased to have Superintendent Ballard address the student body at the project finale.

On November 3rd the Sylvan-Lucas KAY Club held its 10th annual Operation Christmas Child to collect items for children in need. High school students purchased small toys, hard candy, pencils, paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc., and then packed the items in shoe boxes that were sent to a central location in Denver, Colorado, for shipment to third world countries.

Classes at El Dorado HS competed to build gingerbread houses in an event sponsored by the KAY Club. The houses were judged by EHS staff members and were later donated to the Gingerbread Village organization in Wichita as part of their November fundraiser.

Students at Chase County HS in Cottonwood Falls brought canned goods for the KAY Club’s “Can a Teacher.” Every 50 pounds of food “blocked” a teacher, resulting in students getting a study hall in that room. Students successfully blocked every teacher by collecting 1,246 pounds of canned food (as well as turkeys, hams, potatoes and boxes of stuffing) to help 167 families.

To help their local food pantry, the Decatur Community HS KAY Club organized a Thanksgiving food drive. The goal was to fill up a stairway at the school’s entrance with canned and boxed food and other supplies. The drive was successful, and for their efforts students were let out of class early to watch a movie on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break.

Southeast Kansas area KAY Clubs participated in numerous activities to assist in Joplin tornado relief efforts:

St. Andrew’s Catholic School in Independence sponsored “NUT Day” (No Uniforms Day). Students paid to have the privilege of wearing regular clothing instead of their school uniforms. The money raised was donated to St. Mary’s Catholic School in Joplin.

The Independence HS KAY Club delivered items donated at the local Walgreens to the Wildwood Baptist Disaster Relief Center, baked and delivered cookies and water to relief workers, and conducted a guessing jar with proceeds donated to the relief center to help defray costs associated with housing some of the staff of the TV show “Extreme Makeover.”

Oswego HS KAY Club conducted a Winter Warmth competition, with the goal being to see which class could bring the most new winter hats, mittens, etc., to donate to Joplin school children.

The KAY Club at Erie HS raised $183.43 for the Joplin relief effort. Students could pay $1 a day to wear a hat at school, and faculty/staff could pay $1 per day to wear jeans. The club also sponsored a Sexy Legs Contest with four male staff members competing.

Northeast of Arma KAY Club adopted a fifth grade classroom in Joplin and sent money to buy supplies so they could begin their school year. In Arma’s effort to create a world record with a continuous Teddy Bear Chain, the stuffed animals collected were donated to relief agencies in Joplin as well.

With assistance from their school’s Renaissance program, the Girard HS KAY Club conducted a seminar challenge to raise money for Joplin High School. Seminar classes competed to raise the most money and took in a total of $373.39.

Yates Center HS KAY Club hosted a dodge ball tournament and donated proceeds to the Joplin Tornado Relief Fund.

Uniontown HS KAY Club sent their 18-year-old members to Joplin to assist with the Extreme Makeover Home Edition’s building of homes.

Labette County HS and Osawatomie HS donated money to the recovery efforts.