The Winfield High School student council was awarded the Heart of Leadership Award from Leadership Southwestern on Friday, Nov. 30. Six Leadership Southwestern students presented the award worth $500 at the pep assembly held at the high school.
The Winfield High School student council used the grant award to collaborate with the Arkansas City High School student council and host a “Pink Zone” at their annual rivalry basketball game held in Winfield on Nov. 30. The grant money was used to purchase the items for sale at the game.
According to the grant application submitted by the Winfield student council, the money was used to purchase pink hoodies, sweat pants, T-shirts, and bracelets to be sold at the game. The profits from the sale were to go to the Kay Yow Foundation fund to fight breast cancer.
“The Leadership Southwestern students were impressed that the student councils were able to put aside their rivalry to work together for something greater,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern. “In our world today, it is inspiring to know that young people care about bridging their divisions to work for the common good, and Winfield exemplified this through their service project.”
“It’s awesome to see these schools coming together for something bigger than themselves,” says Maggie Collett, student director for the Heart of Leadership award. “The time and dedication they’ve put into ‘Pink Zone’ is something they should be really proud of. We were so excited to be able to help them out with their project.”