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In the News: Editorial: Community must step up for kindergarten education

In the News: Editorial: Community must step up for kindergarten education

The Editorial Advisory Board
The Topeka Capital-Journal
May 25, 2018

Each fall, thousands of Topeka children take their first important steps into a school classroom when they start kindergarten. In Kansas, children start kindergarten if they are 5 on or before Aug. 31 of their kindergarten year, but age is only a part of being ready to start school.

No single factor makes children ready for kindergarten. Readiness is a combination of physical, social and cognitive skills. Many people assume familiarity with numbers, letters and shapes is the most important part of being ready for school. However, communication skills, curiosity and enthusiasm about learning are also important for success.

 

In the News: Explore the Oregon Trail: a guide to Topeka, Kansas

In the News: Explore the Oregon Trail: a guide to Topeka, Kansas

Kala of My Breezy Room
My Breezy Room
June 14, 2018

If there is one thing I love doing more than decorating, it’s definitely traveling. I plan to see as much of the world as I can in this lifetime. But sometimes when you’re dreaming about places on the other side of the world, it’s easy to forget that you probably haven’t seen everything there is to see right down the road from you. I love exploring areas close to home just as much as the far away places!

This past weekend we had an opportunity to visit Topeka, KS to commemorate 175 years of the Oregon Trail. The Oregon trail stretches from Independence, MO all the way to Oregon City, Oregon. There are cities all along the way that make for great road trips filled with historic sites and modern attractions.

Topeka is about an hour and half from where we live. It was a short little road trip that I hadn’t really considered taking before. Will was out of town for work, so I made the trip with my mom and my two year old. Guys, I cannot believe the amount of things Topeka has to offer!

 

In the News: Local kids have serious fun learning about science

In The News: Local kids have serious fun learning about science

Natalie Dattilio
WIBW
June 18, 2018

Local kids are having some serious fun this summer, all while learning!

Three local organizations are teaming up to provide a free lunch and learning program as part of "Serious Fun Mondays" at Chesney Park. Raise Kansas organized the event, Hy-Vee supplied a free lunch and the Kansas Discovery Center had some of their teachers show off cool science experiments!

 

In the News: Kansas Children’s Discovery Center partners with company for community outreach

In The News: Kansas Children's Discovery Center partners with company for community outreach

Hannah Brandt
KSNT
August 6, 2018

The Kansas Children's Discovery Center made an exciting announcement today over Facebook Live. The center shared over that it is partnering with Jones Huyett Partners. Together they'll work to increase community outreach. That includes promoting special events, and bringing more people in their doors.

 

In the News: Last Serious Fun Mondays in Topeka (for summer)

In The News: Last Serious Fun Mondays in Topeka (for summer)

McKenzi Davis
KSNT
August 6, 2018

Serious Fun Mondays wrapped up their last lunch program today, but not without a big celebration. For the past nine weeks, Topeka Hy-Vee, The Kansas Children's Discovery Center and Raise Kansas partnered up to help fight food insecurity in Shawnee County. Every Monday, the three companies provided nutritional lunches to families who don't always have food. Mikki Burcher, the marketing director for the Topeka Hy-Vee said it's important for them to give back to the community in any way they can.

 

In the News: Free program offering kids nutritious lunches wraps up for summer

In The News: Free program offering kids nutritious lunches wraps up for summer

Marleah Campbell
WIBW
August 6, 2018

A program that provided free, healthy lunches, books, and hands-on learning activities to local children in need is wrapping up. Serious Fun Mondays was a free event held every Monday at Chesney Park since the beginning of June. "They think they're just having fun, but we're making sure that they're getting these enriching lessons each week," Executive Director of the Kansas Children's Discovery Center Dene Mosier

 

In the News: Serious Fun Monday summer lunch program wraps up

In The News: Kansas Children’s Discovery Center unveils new Mobile Museum at 7th birthday party

Julia Howell
Topeka Capital-Journal
August 6, 2018

After serving more than 900 lunches, the Serious Fun Monday summer lunch program celebrated with one last gathering this week. The program, in its second year, served lunches every Monday beginning June 4 at Chesney Park, in the 1800 block of S.W. Clay St., thanks to work of Raise Kansas, Hy-Vee and the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center.

 

In the News: Several soon to be Kindergartners got ready their first big day

In the News: Editorial | Gage Park trail elevates great attraction

Editorial: Gage Park trail elevates great attraction

The Editorial Advisory Board
Topeka Capital-Journal
June 22, 2018

Amid the hubbub surrounding downtown Topeka’s revitalization, it’s good to know that attention is still being paid to Gage Park — one of Topeka’s civic mainstays. Just on Tuesday of last week, workers installed a bridge over Westlake, a crucial connection in building an exterior perimeter trail. Back in February, the county commission agreed to pay more than a half million dollars to Conroy Contractors to build the western and northern sections of the trail.

 

In the News: Hy-Vee, Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, Raise Kansas team up for ‘Serious Fun’

In the News: Hy-Vee, Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, Raise Kansas team up for ‘Serious Fun’

Lillian Holmberg
Topeka Capital-Journal
June 18, 2018

A partnership between the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, Raise Kansas, and Hy-Vee is providing families with free hands-on learning, books, and lunch every Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Chesney Park. The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center provides the games and activities, Raise Kansas brings books, and Hy-Vee provides free lunches at the park, S.W. 18th Clay Street. The program, Serious Fun Mondays, is a way for children to have fun, hands-on learning experiences while being provided with a lunch, organizers said.