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Fighting Food Insecurity: A Service Learning Story

Two days after winning the NEPSAC Class C Volleyball championship, Kylee interviewed her head coach, Logan King, and fellow teammate, Cassie Burdick, as part of her afternoon activity interning with the communications team. Over the past seven years, Kylee has gotten used to being on both sides of the camera as she receives recognition for the 501(c)3 she founded when she was ten. Most recently, Boston’s WCVB interviewed her for their A+ segment.

Kylee gets an A+ from WCVB.

The four-year local day student balances her academics with being President of the Model UN Club, Secretary for the School’s National Honor Society chapter, and a Service Learning leader for a group called Food Justice. Bringing the experience she gained as the founder of Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kids, an organization that provides weekend meals to food-insecure students, to the Food Justice group, Kylee was able to assist in writing a grant request proposal. In doing so, she helped secure $100,000 to address healthy aging, including gaps in food access, housing, transportation, and community safety. The grant was awarded through Tufts University to Growing Places with support from The Winchendon School’s Food Justice Service Learning group. Kylee, along with the Food Justice Service Learning group founder, Kiley R. ’19 and previous leader Taylor A.’19, were involved with this initiative since its inception.

Like The Winchendon School, Kylee understands community matters.