YHS students plan charity effort

‘MILL Week’ kicks off March 1 to support Youth & Family Services

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YHS Student Council members Olivia Wright and Savanna Flanagan paint a large poster for the MILL Week opening assembly set next Wednesday, March 2. This year’s student-led charity effort will raise funds for Youth & Family Services. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

An annual charitable effort presented by Yukon student leaders kicks off next week.

Yukon High School will raise funds for Youth and Family Services during MILL (Millers Improving Local Lives) Week, which will include parts of two weeks in early March.

The opening assembly will begin at 2:11 p.m. during “seventh hour” next Wednesday, March 2 in the main gym, 1777 S Yukon Parkway.

Yukon High School, Yukon Middle School, intermediate and elementary sites will be abuzz with MILL Week events through Thursday, March 10.

“The general purpose of MILL Week is to raise money for an organization or family that is in need,” Yukon Student Council Vice President Adjoa Yeboah said. “We accepted applications from different non-profit organizations that serve our community.”

A committee of teachers reviewed all applications and selected Youth & Family Services (YFS) as the 2022 MILL Week recipient because of its impact on the community.

A 501c3 charitable organization, YFS provides programs to support children, youth and families in Canadian County.

YFS serves children and youth ages 0–23, including emergency youth shelter, counseling, independent living, foster care, and a variety of educational services.

The 25-member Yukon Student Council executive committee will present the March 2nd opening assembly to kick off MILL Week. Other StuCo members will help by preparing decorations, developing game ideas and contacting organizations.

Other students will participate in various games during the assembly.

“We also have cheer, pom, winter guard, band, and drumline (members) performing and our YHS yearbook students taking photos,” Yeboah said.

Yukon StuCo members Rylee Hannah, Kati Weeks and Abigail George planning MILL Week activities during a recent workday at the school. This charitable event will benefit Canadian County’s Youth & Family Services. (Photo provided)
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The public can help make this year’s MILL Week a success in Yukon.

“With the different activities that we have going on throughout the week, students can bring donations as well as inform friends and family about what is happening at school,” Yeboah said. “Even when this week is over, we still hope to be making an impact on Youth & Family Services and we hope to show other Yukon families how great this organization is.”

The goal is to raise more than $10,000, although organizers realize this year’s event will be different than years past because this is a post-COVID MILL Week.

YHS and YMS will host daily activities during MILL Week. Here are some highlights:

  • Wednesday, March 2: Opening ceremony at YHS; staff-student basketball game at YMS
  • Thursday, March 3: The Max Jukebox and “Pet a Pup” at YHS; bingo night at YMS
  • Friday, March 4: Fashion show at YHS; staff-student basketball game at YMS
  • Monday, March 7: Faculty-staff basketball game and take-home dessert sales at YHS; hat day at YMS
  • Tuesday, March 8: “Singo” at YHS; “Fill the Boot” with Yukon Fire Department at YMS
  • Wednesday, March 9: Dodgeball tournament at YHS; Wallball War at YMS
  • Thursday, March 10: Teacher dinner at YHS; Spring Fling Dance at YMS
YHS StuCo member Angelina Chacko helps with preparations for MILL Week, which support Youth & Family Services in Canadian County. (Photo provided)

YHS students will sell snacks and merchandise while YMS students will sell wristband throughout the MILL Week observance.

Each day, students will participate in various “theme” days as they wear their class colors, brightest colors, favorite team colors, and best ‘80s outfits, and dress as their favorite teachers and coaches.

Meanwhile, Yukon’s elementary and intermediate schools will raise money through “Fill the Helmet”, smencil sales and hat days.

Not to be outdone, several Yukon restaurants will support the MILL Week effort by offering raffles and donating part of their sales.

To top it all off, the entire “YPS community” is invited to a one-mile fun run at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 5 at the YHS football field.