Argonia High holds community service day

Matthew Harsh works to clean up storm damage in River Park as part of an effort by the Arognia High School Kay Club’s community outreach. Contributed photo
By Jen Bookhout
    Argonia High School’s Kansas Association for Youth club is reaching out to give back to the community. On Friday, March 28, the KAY club spent the entire school day doing projects around the city.
    AHS teachers Cass Adelhardt and Rachel Haught, helped reinstate the KAY club this year after the school had gone several years without it.
    “We’re just glad to get the organization back, and have teachers that want to help with that,” AHS Principal Travis Riebel said.
    The KAY club asked for Argonia residents to submit any projects they needed help with to the school. However, most of the projects the students worked on were for the city.
    “We appreciate the efforts of the students, faculty and everyone at Argonia High School,” Mayor Alan Brundage said. “Their contributions have made a big difference.”
    While the KAY club organized the event, the entire AHS student body participated in the day of service. The students worked to clean up the recycling center in the morning, and spent the afternoon cleaning up storm damage at River Park. A storm last summer knocked down trees and branches which the students helped clear away.
    The students had donuts, lunch and ice cream throughout the day, making it back to school in time to head home for the weekend.
    “It was a fun day; the kids worked hard and did a good job,” Riebel said. “It was a good thing for the city as well as the student body. I think the kids learned a lot.”