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Middle and high schools surprised with grants from the Wichita Community Foundation

Middle and high schools surprised with grants from the Wichita Community Foundation 


East High School received a $5,000 grant from the Wichita Community Foundation. Eleven high school and middle school student groups have been awarded $25,000 in grants as part of the Wichita Community Foundation’s Next Generation of Philanthropy grant competition. 

The groups had to develop an idea for a grant that addressed one of four focus areas: beautification, humanitarianism, inclusion and civic engagement. The groups also made a 30-90 second video to demonstrate the need for the grant as part of the application process. 

Student groups at Chester Lewis Academy, Northeast Magnet, North High School, South High School, East High School, West High School, Coleman Middle School, Marshall Middle School, Wilbur Middle School, Gordon Parks Academy and Mayberry Middle School received grants to support their schools. 


Click here to see a video recap of the surprise check presentations.

Click here to see a photo album of the surprise check presentations.


Student groups receiving grants were:

Chester Lewis Academy

$2,500 to the Woodturning Club for tools to create Freedom Pens for Kansas Honor Flight


Northeast Magnet High

$2,500 to Student Council, NHS and Arts & Crafts to create identity through indoor art


North High School

$1,400 to Calmer Minds to buy ukuleles and tools to relieve stress in school


Coleman Middle School

$2,500 to the Garden Club to create a shaded patio area with tile mural


South High School

$2,500 to Student Leadership for a clothing/hygiene drive for students in need


East High School
$5,000 for beautification of one of the school’s courtyards.


Marshall Middle School

$2,500 for exercise balls, chair cushions and bands, rocking stools and hammock chairs as flexible seating options


Wilbur Middle School

$2,500 to Wilbur Task Force for outdoor seating, updated equipment for PE classes, yearbooks for students, equipment for recess and resource room items for calming techniques


Gordon Parks Academy

Two $2,500 grants to KAY Club to install under-desk bike pedals and for Buddy Benches


West High School

$2,000 to the Advanced Business Development Class for student-created indoor murals


Mayberry Middle School

$1,600 to Panther Ambassadors to partner with Wesley Children’s Hospital to provide toys and entertainment to hospitalized kids