Archive for Thursday, September 18, 2003

Youth PRIDE returns to help out in Basehor

September 18, 2003

After a three year hiatus, Youth PRIDE has returned as a volunteer, civic minded organization in the city of Basehor.

Originally, Basehor Youth PRIDE began in 1997 as an order designed for youths in fifth grade through high school "to have the opportunity to volunteer in the community and have fun," said Basehor PRIDE chairman Chuck Wilderson.

However, after its three-year run, in 2000 the youth group disbanded.

It has returned this year; approximately 20 students have joined Youth PRIDE, meeting once a month to discuss or plan service projects. Thus far, the group has undertaken two projects, helping unload items for the recycling bin at Basehor City Hall and volunteering at a Basehor Elementary School carnival last week, Wilderson said.

More projects are slated to begin in October and November, Wilderson said.

The re-emergence of the program came at the behest of Nicole Swenson, a senior at Basehor-Linwood High School, who helped re-establish it as part of a leadership program.

The group is open to any child interested and is always accepting new members. Anyone interested should contact Swenson for more information at (913) 724-2728.

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