Pratt Leadership class members raised more than $2,000 with a 5K run, then donated it to several local school "care closets" to help meet basic needs of area children.

On September 22, the 2017-2018 class of Leadership Pratt held the Leadership Cares 5K run and raised just under $2,000. Last week they donated those funds to benefit students in Pratt County at Southwest, Liberty Middle School and Skyline Schools by contributing to their “Care Closets.”  
Kim Staats, At-Risk and Behavior Specialist at Southwest Elementary explained that the Care Closet project was started to help meet the needs of students that maybe weren’t being addressed at the time.
“By taking care of the basic needs, as the Maslow Hierarchy teaches, you will put the students on a better playing field for learning,” Staats said.
At Southwest Elementary, a Care Closet supplies basic hygiene needs and other needs for students as they arise.
Liberty Middle School has a similar program referred to as the CAKE fund, Caring About Kids in Education. This program has been at LMS for many years and is used to buy necessary items for students.
Skyline Schools also received funds which will be used for a variety of items that will benefit students in all grades.
All of the schools Care Projects are supported solely by community support and donations. Holding a fundraising race and donating to the community helped 2017-2018 Leadership Pratt class members meet their goals of servant leadership and benefit the students of Pratt County.
The 2017-2018 class of Leadership Pratt would like to thank everyone who participated in the Leadership Cares 5K as well as  ommunity sponsors: The Peoples Bank, Intergreen Services, Edward Jones, Laubhan, Harbert & Haas, LLC, Pratt Regional Medical Center, Kincheloe’s Inc., Parkwood Village, Stanion Wholesale Electric Co., Inc., Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, Next GINeration Inc., Hanson, Jorns & Beverlin.