LAYL A-Squad awarded $250

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By Special to the Monitor

During Los Alamos Youth Leadership meeting Nov. 13, the LAYL A-Squad team was presented a $250 check for winning the grant-writing contest that Cheryl Pongratz developed for the LAYL teams.

The teams had to participate in a grant-writing seminar Nov. 11 and then prepare a grant application.

The A-Squad submitted LAYL Wild Day as their grant project, which is planned for the spring.

The project involves a Saturday or Sunday where high school students connect with elementary age kids in various fun activities such as a pet parade, Mad Hatters costume party and games.

Registration information on the LAYL Wild Day will be available in early spring and can also be found at www.losalamosjjab.com.

The students have invited youth organizations such as Parks and Recreation, YMCA and Kiwanis to meet with them to seek their partnership in the project.

This project has the potential to host about 300 elementary students and could become a tradition for children and high school students.