Nearly 300 of Kansas best educators gathered in Topeka in February for the 2014 KEEN (Kansas Exemplary Educators Network) Conference. This by-invitation only conference was hosted by the Kansas State Department of Education. It is for active KEEN members, their principals and superintendents, and recognized educators. They met to discuss current education issues and classroom practices. The two days were spent celebrating the achievements of Kansas public schools and collaborating on ways to better serve Kansas students.
You may remember the gentleman with disabilities that held the door for you at Ellsworth Steak House or the young woman with disabilities serving you popcorn at the bank. You may remember how happy they seemed, but what you might not know is how they obtained that job or were connected with the volunteer opportunity. Mosaic's mission is to help people with intellectual disabilities discover possibilities in their lives.
Nex-Tech will be hosting a technology conference on June 12 for information technology professionals, called Tech Edge.This one-day conference will be in Hays on the campus of Fort Hays State University inside their Memorial Union.
When the director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center visited Great Bend recently, his high level of commitment to local cancer patients was obvious, said Mark Mingenback, director of business strategy at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center.
Valley Irrigation has announced Ag Systems of Larned, as a Valley Performance Plus Dealer, at the company's 2014 National Meeting. Ag Systems has earned this honor for excelling in the areas of Service, Aftermarket Support and Sales.
Eric Schoendaler has joined First Kansas Bank as a Loan Officer according to Paul Snapp, President of the Bank. In announcing the hire, Snapp commented that, "Eric has the experience and education to help First Kansas Bank deliver high quality service to our loan customers in Hoisington. He brings a Kansas farm background with common sense and a strong work ethic to our customers. We are excited to have Eric join our Bank Team."
First Kansas Bank is giving back. During the holiday season for every new loan and deposit account opened, First Kansas Bank made a donation to the Golden Belt Foundation "Pay It Forward Fund", administered by the DARE program. This fund is available to local schools where teachers and administrators use the money to purchase clothing, supplies, and other basic necessities that arise for students in need.
Random Acts of Kindness Week shares the spotlight with what might be called Random Acts of Scamming as the calendar turns toward another Valentines Day. Your Better Business Bureau reminds consumers that scammers are actively searching for the romantically inclined even while others are engaging in the positive aspects of doing good for strangers.
MISSION – Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS) Healthy Communities Program is a recipient of a $25,000 grant from Walmart. A presentation was held in Topeka as the Walmart Kansas State Giving Program awarded nearly $610,000 to Kansas nonprofits. Sen. Pat Roberts, Walmart executives, associates and 13 nonprofits attended the ceremony.