YES program comes to close with $22,000 in final grants

YES PICMEDFORD, Ore. — Teachers, students, and local business owners were given the final grants of the YES project Friday afternoon. YES, or Youth Education Success was launched three years ago by KOBI-TV NBC5 and several local businesses.

Nearly 60 grants have been awarded to help fund local schools and extracurricular activities. Over $22,000 dollars was awarded on Friday alone.

“It’s such an eclectic group of grants, everything form swimming lessons in Klamath Falls to stems programs,” Bob Wise said, General Manager and Vice President of KOBI-TV NBC5.

Representatives from local businesses who participated in the program were in attendance. Michelle Kosmatka, a hair stylist with Urban Edge Salon said once per month, the business would donate ten percent of all proceeds to YES.

“People would ask the questions, and I feel like they probably tipped a little bit bigger, and they were excited about it as well, because they knew that they were actually directly helping the children as well as we were,” Kosmatka said.

The grants awarded on Friday mark the end of the YES campaign. Since the program started, over $100,000 has been awarded to schools in Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Coos counties.

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