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GBHS students to help United Way
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Shown is the front of T-shirts being sold by the Great Bend High School Student Council to benefit the United Way of Barton County. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

The members of Great Bend High School Student Council are hosting a United Way "Blackout" at the GBHS Panther football game against the Hays High Indians Friday, Oct. 15, at GBHS’s Memorial Stadium. The event is a fund-raiser for the United Way of Barton County.

StuCo will be selling Blackout T-shirts through 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, for $10 each. All proceeds with be donated to UWBC. "United Way is a leader and partner of hope for understanding human service needs in Barton County," said Andrea Maxwell, a biology teacher at GBHS and one of the StuCo advisors.

"We do a lot of things with United Way," Maxwell said, adding the partnership goes back a few years. "We work with them because the money stays here in Barton County."

Julie Bugner-Smith, UWBC executive director praised the efforts of the youth. Their involvement shows that local young people are willing to get involved and help others.

Anyone interested in purchasing a T-shirt can contact Pam Jenkinson at Great Bend High School. Orders must be made in person, and no phone or e-mail orders will be accepted.

Those interested in donating money, or being a sponsor and having their business logo on the back of the shirt, need to contact the sponsors Kacey Ford at or Maxwell at

Student council is an organization of student leaders who are representatives for their classes between the student body, faculty, administration, and community.