During his life, Dane G. Hansen was an advocate for education. Perhaps it was because his mother, Alpha and sister, Kate were teachers. His father, Peter Hansen, was a self-taught entrepreneur. Peter and Alpha made sure each of the four Hansen children had lots of educational experiences in the classroom and beyond. Thus, education has always been a part of the work of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.
With limited budgets and increased demands on time in the classroom, field trips have become more difficult to include in the curriculum. As a result, students may have fewer opportunities to experience hands-on activities. Yet, many of us learn best through doing and recall lessons where we got dirty or built something.
Many of Kansas’s excellent educational sites are a long way from our NW Kansas schools. Even if cost is removed from the equation, the time it takes to transport students to communities such as Topeka, Hutchison, Salina or Abilene makes field trips to these places difficult to justify.
The Dane G. Hansen Foundation is pleased to offer a variety of enrichment options, engaging learning opportunities and “reverse field trips” to NW Kansas public school students and teachers. This new outreach initiative, NW Kansas LEARNS, combined with other recently announced initiatives, NW Kansas ARTS and NW Kansas READS, help to fulfill the Hansen Foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life and provide opportunities to the people of Northwest Kansas.
All of these opportunities are offered at NO COST to NW Kansas public schools in the 26-county Hansen service area. The Hansen Foundation has partnered with the organizations in this booklet to cover the program and travel costs for NW Kansas students.