Every year, Gaila Demel, United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director, goes to all the Larned 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 Larned are:
Taylor Boucher presented her poster to Larned State Hospital
Kaylyn Snodgrass presented her poster to Haynes Electric/My Favorite Things
Madison Wood presented her poster to Pawnee Valley Community Hospital
“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