Great Bend Poster Contest Presentation

Every year, Gaila Demel, United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director, goes to all the Great Bend 5th grade classes to talk about the United Way. Each student is given a poster to draw, on which they draw a picture depicting their vision of United Way and their 23 Community Partners and also incorporating the Campaign theme, which this year was “Step Up To The Plate”.

United Way then enlists non-biased judges to pick out the best of all the pictures. Once those are determined, UWCK staff and board members look back at the past year at leaders from each community. Volunteers then get to work, pulling the posters into frames and getting letters out to all the winners. This year the poster winners for Great Bend are:

From Holy Family Elementary School:

                MacKenzie LaViolette presenting to Farmers Bank & Trust (represented by Robert Rugan and Bobbi LaViolette)

                Claris Snapp presenting her poster to First Kansas Bank (represented by Paul & Elise Snapp)

From Park Elementary School:

                Marissa Boone presenting her poster to Midwest Energy (represented by James Wright)

From Eisenhower Elementary School:

                Mayci Craven presenting her poster to Barry & Monica Bowers

                Nataly Chavez presenting her poster to Keller Real Estate (represented by Jeff Keller)

From Central Kansas Christian Academy:

                Morgan MacKinney presenting her poster to Great Bend Public Library (represented by Steve Kummer, Amy Mayhill, and Gail Santz)

“We enjoy going into the schools and sharing with the students what United Way of Central Kansas does for our communities. This is a way to show students how volunteerism and giving makes an impact where they live.” Gaila Demel