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Raytown High students secure large charity grant
Raytown High students secure large charity grant
Posted on 05/16/2016

A team of Raytown High students and leader Josh Reichert have secured a $10,000 charity grant and $5,000 in technology products for the school by finishing in the top ten of 2400 schools participating in a Lead2Feed Student Leadership project. 

The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program is the nation’s leading and fastest growing free service learning program, attracting more than a million students in 3,500 schools and clubs across all 50 states.

Raytown High School graduate David Novak, now the Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands started the program as an innovative way to get high school and middle school students to tackle hunger.   The program is aligned to standards and 21st century skills and has a 10 lesson curriculum, leading to a culminating project submitted in the spring. 

Since this past fall, Reichert’s leadership class, called the “Jay Crew”, has been working through the Lead2Feed curriculum.  Raytown High students Katelyn McAlister, Destiny Gee, Hannah Steele, Zahria Whiting, Cecilie Fowler, and Maddi Pragman coordinated the project, and they selected Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP) as the charity to benefit from their assistance. 

“This is just one example of what these girls have accomplished this year in my class,” Reichert said. “Their efforts led to this amazing award, and I am so glad REAP gets to benefit from this as well.”

During the week of March 28th - April 1st, students held a Hunger Games Week at Raytown High School and were able to collect over 700 items through class competitions.

Hy-Vee on Noland Rd and Apple Market at 63rd and Woodson also served as collection points on Saturday, April 2nd. With the help of adult and student volunteers, including National Honor Society, Raytown South High Student Council, donations from Ridgewood Donuts, Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, and Fun House Pizza, the group collected 5,300 more items and more monetary donations. 

In total, over 6,000 items were donated and over $1,100 raised.  The group submitted information about their project to Lead2Feed and received the impressive results the first week of May. 

The students and Reichert will be honored at the Raytown School Board meeting on June 13.

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