More than 1,000 students at Maize High School will spend time volunteering Tuesday as part of a national day of service in memory of September 11.
Principal Chris Botts says volunteering ties into the state's objectives of teaching students about citizenship.
"Students learn to be civically engaged by being civically engaged," Botts said. "That's kind of the tagline that we're using."
Students will participate in several activities on and off campus, including helping register voters and baking snacks for the local police and fire departments.
Botts said the event is about teaching students the value of volunteering "through the lens of those who on that day stood up and helped."
"It doesn't have to be a tragedy for us to step in and help out or to make our world better," Botts said.
Stephan Bisaha, based at KMUW in Wichita, is an education reporter for the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KMUW, Kansas Public Radio, KCUR and High Plains Public Radio covering health, education and politics. Follow him on Twitter @SteveBisaha.