The Student Government of Whitefish Middle School was recently awarded the $2,000 Youth in Philanthropy Projects (YIPP) Grant for 2013. Two of the school student body officers, Mckaya Stone and Derek Kastella along with their advisor Chris Holt, recently presented their project, which they titled “The Lunchroom/Outdoors Improvement Package” to the Executive Committee of the Whitefish Community Foundation.
Their presentation followed months of student surveys and interviews to determine the needs of the student body so that the student government could develop their project. The students then planned and hosted school dances and activities to raise over $2000 towards the match needed for this grant.
It is sometimes the simple things that help the students have a positive experience during their school day. New toasters and microwaves in the lunchroom will allow the students to toast their bagel or heat the leftovers brought from home so that they can enjoy their lunch and re-energize for the afternoon classes. New picnic tables and a transportable soccer goal on the playground will gather students for a social conversation, or to exercise and let loose their extra energy.
The YIPP program was started in 2012 in order to introduce area youth to the act of fundraising. The Foundation will match up to $2,000 of the funds raised on an approved YIPP grant. Advisor and teacher Chris Holt has been taking an active lead with her student government classes to teach them about the Foundation’s work and about grant writing and fundraising. This is the second successful application from Holt’s students.
Congratulations to the members of the Whitefish Middle School Student Government who, in service to their fellow students, raised the matching funds required for their approved YIPP grant application.