An academic-year partnership agreement between Olathe North High School and Fort Hays State University culminates Friday night, April 28, in a Relay for Life at Olathe North.
The partnership primarily focuses on helping students develop and implement a social change project, but another main feature is a $5,000 grant that was awarded to Olathe North by FHSU. Most of the grant was used for the Relay for Life project and various activities that benefited students. Relay for Life is a benefit for the American Cancer Society.
The partnership arose from a desire on the part of FHSU officials to help students make their high school experience, and in particular their senior year, more meaningful. Among the opportunities often mentioned to add meaning to the high school experience is the addition of service-learning initiatives.
The opening ceremony will be at 7 p.m. The walk ends at midnight.
Four FHSU administrators will be on hand for the relay, President Edward H. Hammond; Lisa Karlin, assistant to the president; Kent Steward, director of University Relations; Casey Rackaway, academic affairs marketing specialist; Kelley Kuhlman, director of the university's Kansas Youth Leadership Academy; and Samantha Butler, associate director of the academy.
KYLA is a comprehensive program designed to promote youth leadership development throughout the state of Kansas. KYLA's primary emphasis is to provide young people with strong character, moral values, a civic attitude and an educational experience that fosters leadership development among all participants.
As part of the partnership with Olathe North -- a pilot program between FHSU, KYLA and the high school, the KYLA representatives traveled to Olathe North on Nov. 2, 2005, to facilitate a training session for a group of student leaders.
Olathe North serves students in grades 10 through 12 in Olathe USD 233. FHSU, located four hours west of Kansas City in Hays, serves nearly 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students through 60-plus degree programs on campus and another 5,000 students through its 13 online degree programs.
In addition to the pilot project with Olathe North, FHSU partnered with Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, Kansas City, KS, on a similar venture.