To continue to encourage Wyandotte county youth to explore careers in health and STEM fields, the K-12 Initiative along with Turning Point Church staff developed an action plan to assist teachers in planning COVID-related science projects this semester and distributing 60 dissection kits to students. Every year, Saturday Academy youth complete a dissection module, but because of COVID-19, this project is in jeopardy. The dissection kits will provide students with supplies such as agar plates, magnifying glasses, and UV lights to complete the module safely at home.

“K-12 Initiative serves over 250 Wyandotte County kids every year. The program serves as KUMC’s primary pipeline program for over 30 years in KCK. This project will greatly assist the program continuing to offer excellent programming that leads to STEM careers.”

– William Moore, Facilitator

More Community Action Plans

Here’s what else is new in grassroots efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kansas.

  • City of Lorraine: Overcome isolation and lack of resources for Lorraine residents by creating a resource board and COVID care baskets to be delivered to all 51 households in the city.
  • DK County 4-H SQUAD: Provide mobile hot spots, external microphones and speakers, projectors, and sanitizing supplies to students in Manhattan to make meetings and school learning more effective and efficient.
  • Eureka Junior & Senior High School Boys Basketball Team: Encourage team parents to engage in healthy behaviors by providing personalized masks instead of paper tickets for each home game.
  • Leadership Garden City & Plymell Elementary School: Create a sense of connection and gratitude by offering Pymell Elementary school teachers free meals and activity boxes.
  • Little Hands Childcare Center: Enhance technology resources to improve communication between daycare providers at the center in Eureka and parents to ensure both parties have the latest information and resources on the center’s COVID protocols.

By the Numbers

Action Plans Created: 822
Meetings Completed: 846

Kansas Beats the Virus is a partnership between the Kansas Leadership Center and the State of Kansas to activate KLC’s statewide network to generate local solutions that slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the effort is to spark hundreds of small group meetings before the end of 2020.

Learn more about Kansas Beats the Virus and other action plans groups are developing.