Archive for Monday, January 29, 2007

Happy birthday, Kansas

January 29, 2007

Lansing schoolchildren kicked off birthday celebrations Monday morning in honor of Kansas' 146th birthday.

At Lansing Intermediate School, fourth-graders learned about traditions from the Sunflower State's early days, including quilting, jewelry-making and food preservation. The three-day event also takes fourth-graders on a tour of the Underground Railroad, a network that ran through Kansas and led slaves to freedom.

Lansing Intermediate School fourth-graders, from left, McKenzie Hersh, Kristen Tomrell and Stevie Sherard try their luck in a Dodge City dice game to earn a prize during Kansas Days.

Lansing Intermediate School fourth-graders, from left, McKenzie Hersh, Kristen Tomrell and Stevie Sherard try their luck in a Dodge City dice game to earn a prize during Kansas Days.

On Jan. 29, 1861, Kansas entered the union a free state after a turbulent period of violence between pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces known as Bleeding Kansas.

To learn more about Lansing schools' Kansas celebrations, check out the Feb. 1 edition of The Current.

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