Kansas Day is celebrated annually on January 29 to commemorate the anniversary of the 1861 admission of Kansas into the Union. It was first celebrated in 1877 by students in Paola, Kansas. Annual Kansas Day celebrations around USD 475 include school field trips and projects to study the history of Kansas, special visits by performers, and performances of Home on the Range, the Kansas State song. Students also learn that the origin of the name Kansas came from a Sioux word meaning “people of the south wind”. Other fun facts about Kansas discovered on this day include: the state flower, a sunflower; the state bird, a western meadowlark; the state tree, a cottonwood; the state animal, a buffalo; and the state motto, Ad astara per aspera (To the stars through difficulties).
For Riley Elementary Celebrated by having Thad Beach at their school to do a musical presentation about the different things that make Kansas special.
Eisenhower Elementary enjoyed lunch by a homemade “campfire” in their gym.
Franklin Elementary had cupcakes in each classroom and sang Happy Birthday to Kansas. Mrs. Wallace’s class got a special treat when Mrs. Gose, the Reading Teacher at Franklin, played her accordion and sang Home on the Range with the first graders.