Summer reading program does pandemic pivot

BELLVILLE – Since the Bellville Public Library was closed during the 2020 summer reading program time, the outreach to children had to be reconfigured. For six weeks, make-and-take craft projects […]

StoryWalk turns reading into family fun

PHILLIPSBURG – More than 200 children’s books were distributed as part of the StoryWalk Project in Phillipsburg, Long Island and Kirwin. Families were able to walk outside and read stories […]

4-H Day Camps bring learning, adventure

Providing 4-H Day Camps during 2020 was a challenge, but overall 329 youth ages 5 to 11 participated in 14 local events designed to teach skills and give information about […]

Brown Grand Theatre ready for an audience

CONCORDIA – As performances before live audiences begin to happen again, the Brown Grand Theatre is ready. Lighting in the proscenium arch above the stage was replaced with more efficient […]

Hoxie performer keeps the beat

HOXIE – Michael Fitzsimmons shared his collection of drums from around the world, demonstrating hang drums from Switzerland, African drums, kalimbas and many other rare instruments. The Drums of the […]

New laptops make learning fun

HAYS – Six Dell laptops are adding a SPARK to school projects for students in Hays. The Special Projects and Resources for Kids purchase replaced older technology that had become […]

Cosmosphere brings space travel to classrooms

Through a combination of virtual delivery and socially distanced classroom visits, staff of the Cosmosphere brought educational experiences to students in Northwest Kansas throughout 2020. The Hansen Foundation underwrites a […]

Time for recess! Let’s play!

GYPSUM – New playground equipment offered Southeast of Saline students something to get excited about during a school year with many unexpected challenges. Foundation grant funds assisted in covering some […]

Mitchell County residents donate to local foundation

BELOIT – Mitchell County residents made sure the Solomon Valley Community Foundation will receive the full amount of a Hansen Foundation matching grant to support community projects into the future. […]

Penokee families enjoy fun Christmas celebration

PENOKEE – Thirty area families got to enjoy games and activities together at Goddard Place’s Christmas Blessings event. The annual gathering was modified because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but families […]

New roof protects historic landmark in Salina

SALINA – More than 100 hand-painted stage backdrops and historic plaster in the Salina Innovation Foundation building are protected from damage by a new roof. Grant funding helped pay to […]