KAY receives Be the Spark grant

Heather Baker | staff writer

Wabaunsee High School’s Kansas Association of Youth (KAY) club received a $3,500 grant from Be The Spark. The club, sponsored by Lisa Hull, received the grant to be able to help Diane Breiner’s Nutritional Snack Program, run by Nutrition and Wellness class.

The KAYAN (KAY Alumni Network) Board, working with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, approved the application for the grant. Be The Spark was mid-cycle in terms of handing out grants, Hull said. That means they don’t tend to hand out grants at this time, so she didn’t know if she could apply. “They had money left over from the previous cycle,” Hull continued, “and said that I should put one (an application) in.” 

Principal Steve Oliver, Jackson Frey, Meredith Denton, Annie Wright, Sarah Denton, Rebekah Stuhlsatz and KAY adviser Lisa Hull pose after signing an agreement for the Be the Spark grant to continue the nutrition bar for students.

The application highlighted that the program is very student-led, promotes mental and physical health and is a great idea for any student in any program that may have to stay after school.

In a letter congratulating the club, Be the Spark coordinator Katlin Bryan wrote “When reviewing your grant idea, we thought you did well with creating a project that is very student led. We are excited that you are looking at student’s physical and mental health and the benefits a nutritional snack can make.”

Last week, the KAY club signed a contract sealing the deal. This money will be used to continue and improve their snack program that provides nutritious snacks for students in the afternoon.

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