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KAY Does Their Part To Aid Janitorial Staff



On December 3-8, the Quinter High School Kansas Association for Youth club helped their janitors clean up the gyms. Rich Corwin and Gary Herl serve as the janitorial staff for QHS. The KAY organization is all about helping and appreciating others, but their main focus is community service.

After the Castle Rock Classic games, all available Quinter KAY members volunteered to go to the gyms to sweep, pick up trash, and clean up the bleachers and floor. The Quinter KAY choose this project as a task for their KAY Citizenship Week, in which one day commemorates service of school.

Allison Polifka, QHS KAY advisor for the past six years, added “They choose to do this project and run it themselves. They have a great deal of pride in their school and set a strong example for neighboring schools. The KAY’s enthusiasm to jump in and help out shows how exemplary our students are.”

Since they chose this project they put hours of hard work and effort into this job they enjoy.

“I really enjoy cleaning the gyms for Castle Rock Classics because it feels good to help out the janitors with their job. They do so much for our school and it’s nice to give back to them, when all of us help them it goes so much faster,” noted Evie Gruenbacher, QHS KAY President.

In the past, without the KAY members’ help, the janitors stayed late after a long days’ work to prepare the gym for the next days’ contests.

Corwin commented, “I think that it’s a blessing. It’s fun to meet kids one on one to see which ones work. There were times before when I wouldn’t get back home till 1:00 in the morning. I think that it’s the best thing. This school’s had the tournament 30 plus years and the KAY has been helping for most of those years and coaches come over and comment on our group that is laughing and having fun working and likes working together. It saves us time and money. It went so well.”

Quinter KAY is in it’s the 11th year at QHS.  The group also focuses on acts of gratitude and service for the community, nation, and world.