The TCHS KAY club is hosting a YUDA Band Project from December 2-11.
Club members will raise funds to help educate youth in Guatemala by selling YUDA Bands, stylish handmade leather and coconut bracelets, made by locals in Guatemala.
“The amazing thing about YUDA Band Projects,” said Brent Whiting, founder of YUDA Bands, “is that youth are helping youth – and they’re seeing they have the power to affect lives in a positive way. They love the bracelets and think they’re stylish, but the fact that something as simple as buying one will make a difference is appealing to youth.”
Kristen Hanks, project leader at TCHS, agrees: “I love the YUDA Band project. It’s simple, yet really effective. We are selling a product with a great story behind it that people want to buy. It’s a big bonus that the proceeds help the kids go to school and is a small step towards a better quality life for them.”
Along with the obvious benefit of sponsoring Guatemalan youth in furthering their education, there is something to be gained by American youth participating in the project.
“We take everything for granted every day. We go to school, we have cars, we have jobs. And yet we complain about how much it costs to fill up a car with gas, or that we don’t want to go to school. We don’t know how much we have. Seeing these YUDA bands and knowing how much good we are doing for these kids is a great feeling,” said Hanks.
KAY hopes to sell 350 YUDA Bands, which will sponsor two students for one year.
For local consumers’ convenience, YUDA Bands, which cost $7, are being sold at Gibson Health Mart, Keyser True Value, Lavonne’s Beauty Shop and Shear Designs. YUDA Bands will also be sold on Tuesday, December 10, during the Purple and Gold Basketball Tournament. If interested, please contact Hanks or any KAY members to buy a band.
|Making a sashay scarf for a Future Business Leader of America project, Kathryn Muench, business student, works to fill an order to earn money for the organization. Read the story (right) for directions to order. (Photo by Cheyenne Nickelson)|
The TCHS FBLA club will be creating, selling, and distributing school spirit sashay scarves for as a fundraiser for their club.
Different hues of purple and gold scarves will sell for $15. If the buyer wants different colors, he/she can bring the prefererred color of sashay yarn to the high school to receive a $5 discount on the finished project.
Limited orders will be taken for Christmas.
If interested, please contact LaTrisha Flax at 785-743-2061 or at email@example.com or FBLA members. Orders will also be taken at high school basketball games. Visit tregoeagles.com to see the color options.
Choir student Payton Nowlin will sing in the North West District KMEA Choir at Fort Hays State University on December 7.
To be eligible for the event, Nowlin had to audition in front of a panel of judges and be voted to move on to sing in the District Choir at Beach Schmidt.
The choir will rehearse during the day, with the fifth and sixth grade students taking place at 12:30 p.m. and the high school concert taking place at 3:30 p.m. Admissions are $4 for adults and free for students.
Thirty-seven TCHS science students traveled to Fort Hays State University to attend their annual Science Day on November 18.
The purpose of the event was to help students discover the rapidly changing worlds within chemistry, geosciences, physics, and biology. The students were given opportunities for group discussion and hands-on labs to better understand science concepts.
Students were allowed to visit each science department at the university. The chemistry, physics, geosciences, and biology departments gave students the chance to interact with the university’s professors, equipment, and other resources and familiarize themselves with Fort Hays State’s surroundings.