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Phinney students enjoy Kansas Day
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Photo by Jim Misunas Great ben Tribune Phinney Elementary School student Hannah Riley checks to see whether classmate Gryffin Cowell is interested in a sweet treat.

Phinney Elementary School teacher Terry Rainbolt ended a week-long Kansas Day celebration by preparing cupcakes that the students decorated with candy corn and mini chocolate sprinkles to celebrate the state’s 151st birthday.
Mrs. Rainbolt said the first-grade students toured the Santa Fe Trail Center last week and learned about the history of the Wild West in exhibits at the museum. The Santa Fe Trail Center offered free admission on Kansas Day.
The students also recently welcomed a special visitor, Pam Martin, from the Wetlands Education Center. Martin taught the students about some of the Kansas state symbols — and showed them a sunflower, a buffalo skin, an ornate box turtle and a salamander.
Kansas Day commemorates the admission of the state as the 34th in the Union on January 29, 1861. Schools have been marking the
anniversary since 1877 by learning more about their state’s history.