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Jim and Kathi Armatys donate trailer to Kids Ag Day
Park Elementary fourth graders and staff are shown with the new Kids Ag Day trailer donated by Jim and Kathi Armatys.
Jim and Kathi Armatys, at left, are shown with the trailer they donated to the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business committee for Kids Ag Day. Also pictured are committee cochair Scott Dewerff and Denise and Mark Guthrie from Mark’s Custom Signs.

A donation from Jim and Kathi Armatys has provided funds for a new Kids Ag Day trailer. Thanks to this donation, the Kids Ag Day committee of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce will have year-round storage for tables and chairs used during the annual event for area fourth graders held in September.

Committee co-chair Scott Dewerff said this second trailer will be so helpful from year to year.

“In the past, we’ve hauled tables and chairs from one storage facility to another, usually in one of our committee member’s sheds or barns,” he said. “Now we can load them all in the trailers where they’ll stay until the next Kids Ag Day event.”

The trailer was recently parked  outside Park Elementary School, where Principal Adam Cline, along with the fourth-grade classes taught by Dorothy Leidig and Meagan Henry, joined in thanking the Armatyses.

“Kids Ag Day is such a great event for our fourth graders!” Cline said. “To have an entire day spent on a farm learning in a hands-on way about where their food comes from is just priceless.”

Mark’s Custom Signs donated time placing the Kids Ag Day logo on the trailer. Mark and Denise Guthrie of Mark’s Custom Signs were also in attendance and thanked for their gracious support of the program over the years. 

About Kids Ag Day

Kids Ad Day is produced annually by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Agri-Business committee, whose volunteers work diligently to provide educational opportunities to all fourth-grade students in Barton County. This annual event is held each September in partnership with the school districts and numerous of local business volunteers. Kids Ag Day celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2018.