Fort Hays State University and the Sumner Academy of Arts and Science will celebrate a new partnership between the two educational institutions on Nov. 18, 2005, with a ceremony on the Sumner Academy campus.
FHSU President Edward H. Hammond will be on campus to deliver a $5,000 grant.
The partnership arose from a desire on the part of FHSU officials to help students make their high school experience, and in particular the 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 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 the Sumner Academy by FHSU. The grant may be used for the social change project or for other activities that benefit students.
The Sumner Academy is a nationally ranked, five-year college preparatory magnet school in Kansas City, KS, USD 500. FHSU, located four hours west of Kansas City in Hays, KS, serves nearly 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students through 60-plus degree programs on campus and another 5,000 through its 13 online degree programs.
In addition to the pilot project with the Sumner Academy, FHSU is partnering with Olathe North High School on a similar venture.