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ACMS KAY Club receives grant to benefit community

Posted Date: 05/14/2018

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The Arkansas City Middle School Kansas Association of Youth, or KAY club, received a $6,575 grant to purchase a Fit-Trail system for the Poplar Walking Trail.


“Fit-Trail is an outdoor exercise system installed along a walking or jogging trail,” according to the company’s website. The system features 10 stations with instructional signage and exercise equipment.


“I’m incredibly proud of who our students are and the work they’ve done to better our community,” Sarah O’Donnell, club sponsor, said.


O’Donnell said the Fit-Trail will be ordered soon and should be installed over the summer. The City of Arkansas City will install the equipment and KAY club members will help with cleaning and maintenance.


According to a news release from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the ACMS KAY Club is one of 18 from across the state to receive a “Be the Spark” grant. The grants were intended to help teens and their communities be more physically active.


The “Be the Spark program was created in 2017 as a partnership between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and the Kansas Association for Youth Alumni Network.