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Students wear hats to help others
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Aaron Stein, GBHS senior and KAYs world service chairman, collects donations for “Hat Day” at GBHS earlier this month. The group raised funds for Heifer International as part of their mission to build character and provide leadership training for students.

Great Bend High School students donned hats in the halls earlier this month, supporting KAY’s efforts to raise funds for Heifer International. 

The KAY (Kansas Association for Youth) chapter at GBHS recently hosted a “Hat Day,” giving students the opportunity to wear a hat during school hours in return for a donation to the club’s selected philanthropy. GBHS administration lifted the dress code regulation for this specific day and participation soared. 

GBHS and the Great Bend community have benefited from KAY’s mission of character building, leadership training, and service programs for over 25 years. KAY is a nationally acclaimed organization directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. They seek to provide students with opportunities to assume their citizenship responsibilities and enrich their personalities through well-organized programs, projects and parties. The projects emphasize four areas of service — school, community, nation and world.

Annual efforts by the GBHS KAYs include a blood drive, College Freshman Panel, letters to servicemen, staff appreciation gifts, volunteer hours to Santa’s Workshop and attending regional conferences .