Students celebrate Sunflower State

By Corene Brisendine

At least 150 children celebrated Kansas Day at the Flint Hills Discovery Center Wednesday morning.

The youngsters sat in the circular foyer on the first floor singing, “Home on the Range” – Kansas’ state song – in celebration of the day, and were rewarded with a helping of cake.

The center also conducted other activities like arts and crafts on the second floor, and all the exhibits were open for the kids to see.

The center’s outreach coordinator, Pamela Kulokas, said that she bought 400 cupcakes along with a quarter-sheet cake for the event. The cupcakes were for the children and the cake was served to the adults who came with them.

Several home-school groups were there for the event along, with schools from Junction City and elsewhere throughout the area.

Junction City Nazarene Church Pre-school brought two busloads of parents and children for the event.

Danielle Nott, 6, said that she liked coming to the center because it is a lot of fun, and Monday was even better because there was cake and cupcakes served as everyone celebrated of Kansas’s 158th birthday.

Kids and parents alike said that they like Kansas because of the weather and the people that live here. Even though it was cold, the sun was shining brightly Wednesday morning at the center.

Jeremy Moldrup, 9, said that he likes Kansas because there is just the right amount of snow.

“I like the snow,” he said. “There’s not a lot like in South Dakota.”

Moldrup came with two of his brothers to celebrate the day.

Jackson Moldrup, 11, said that he likes the people in Kansas because they are friendly.

However, Jeremy and Jackson thought the “Football” exhibit was more fun than the arts and craft for Kansas Day.

Jace Moldrup, 6, appeared content gluing and coloring his picture for Kansas Day.

Clearly, the unofficial theme of Wednesday’s event at the Discovery Center was: “Kansas – Something for Everyone.”

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