Basehor students learn to rope and wrangle on Kansas Day
More than 60 Basehor Elementary School students helped celebrate the state of Kansas's 141st birthday Jan. 29.
All three BES second-grade classes participated in a mock rodeo in the school's gymnasium. The rodeo helped cap off a week of Kansas-related activities for students.
The rodeo was coordinated by BES second-grade teachers Terri Gallet, Angie Lanning and Mary Genz.
Earlier in the week, students learned about state symbols such as the Sunflower, although one student must have got his signals crossed.
"I learned about the Jayhawk and why KU uses it," he said. "I really liked the Jayhawk."
On this day though, it was cowboys and cowgirls competing on their makeshift stick horses in the school's rodeo.
The students made their horses at home out of broom handles.
Students competed in straight ahead races, barrel races and an obstacle course during the rodeo.
Gallet said the rodeo was all part of celebrating Kansas week.
"We dressed up as pioneers and we did the rodeo in honor of Kansas day," Gallet said. "It was just something fun for the kids to do."
One second-grade student, Russell Clark, said he was glad to participate in the rodeo.
"I think it is pretty fun," he said. "It is kind of like recess, but you get to run and have fun with all your friends. It just kind of makes me feel happy to live in Kansas."