Knights of Columbus Fish Fry March 7 – 5:00 – 7:00 pm - Knights of Columbus - 1223 N. Main - Fish, coleslaw, potato dish, vegetable & bread
Pratt Community College Executive-in-Residence honoring Lou Lynne Moss - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Presidents Coffee in Linda Hunt Memorial Library, 10:00 a.m. - Convocation in Carpenter Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.
Pratt Community Blood Drive - Thursday, March 20, 11:30 am – 5:30 pm - Pratt Community Building – 619 N. Main - Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) to schedule your appointment
Pratt Gun Show – Knights of Columbus Council - Saturday, March 22 – 9:00 – 5:00 - Sunday, March 23 – 9:00 – 3:00 - Pratt County 4-H Building
Pancake & Sausage Supper - Saturday, March 29 – 4:30 – 7:00 pm - First Christian Church – 123 Ninnescah
What’s Happening @ Your Library for March (Pratt Public Library)
PreSchool Story Time (ages 3 – 5 years) – Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Toddler Time (ages 0 – 2 years + mom/caregiver) – Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
K-4 Fun @ Your Library – Every Thursday after school from 4 – 4:45 p.m. - Thursday, March 5 – Salt paintings
Teen Tuesdays @ Your Library - Tuesday, March 4, 3:45 p.m., Movie – Harriet the Spy
After Hours @ Your Library – Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
March 6 – Windows Laptop Beginners Class
March 11 – Button Bracelets – Class limited to 25
March 18 – Cake Decorating Demonstration
March 25 – Books and Dames. “The Sand Castle Girls” by Chris Bohjalian
Rolla Rena Public Skate Sessions
New After School Skate session! Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., $5 per skater, all skaters welcome. (Kids Skate Free passes are accepted for this session.)
On Monday, March 3, 2014, schools throughout the United States as well as schools in Kansas will celebrate NEA’s (National Education Association) Read Across America. NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading while recognizing the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss (which is actually on March 2nd). In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA’s Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages.
Kansas National Education Association President, Karen Godfrey has planned to participate in Read Across America events in Wichita, Kansas during the morning and in Salina, Kansas later in the afternoon. Godfrey has remarked, “I’m encouraged that reading is clearly valued in every corner of Kansas. Teachers, administrators and support professionals in our public schools champion good reading habits everyday and their effort is having an impact.”
More Information On Read Across America:
In May 1997, a small reading task force at NEA came up with a big idea. “Why don’t we do something to get kids excited about reading? We’ll call it ‘NEA’s Read Across America’ and we’ll celebrate it on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.”
Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.
At the national level, the National Education Association sponsors and spearheads the program with support from 40 national nonprofit and association partners. Locally, everyone—from schools to libraries to community centers to churches to hospitals to bookstores—is invited to host local events to celebrate and promote children’s reading.
More Information on Reading Literacy:
Twentysix percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently.
The more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher students are in reading proficiency, according to the Educational Testing Service.
The U.S. Department of Education found that, generally, the more students read for fun on their own time, the higher their reading scores.
Logan, KS. 02-26-14… The Dane G. Hansen Museum is proud to announce the return visit of a Wheatland, Wyoming artist. Barbara Schaffner will be instructing a four-day painting workshop at the Dane G. Hansen Museum, 110 W. Main, Logan, Kansas. These classes will be held on April 9, 10, 11, and 12, 2014, and will run from 9:00 am till 4:00 pm with a one hour break for lunch. This learning opportunity is brought to you through the Hansen Museum Continued Education Program and offered at reduced rates to the public. Cost of the workshop is $140.00 with discounts available for Hansen Museum members. Intermediate and advanced artists may call 785-689-4846 for more information or to register by phone. The class is limited to twenty students.
Schaffner was an honors student at West Texas State University, majoring in fine art and art education and returns to Logan, Kansas, for her 10th year. She will be instructing her 2nd Oil painting workshop for Hansen Museum. Schaffner’s western scenes and wildlife paintings have hung in galleries in six western states and Canada and success has come to her through numerous shows and top awards. Schaffner was honored with the Wyoming Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year 2003 award and won the purchase award in December 2005 at the 2-Shot Goose Hunt Art Show in Torrington, Wyoming. Schaffner enjoys living close to the mountains where she can view and photograph the elk and other wildlife she depicts in much of her work. Her studio “Wyoming Trails Gallery” is located at 1004 16th Street, Wheatland, Wyoming.
Museum Hours are M-F 9-12 & 1-4; Sat. 9-12 & 1-5; Sun. & Holidays 1-5. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. We are handicapped accessible and there is never an admission fee. For more information about this and other exhibits, contact Nova at 785-689-4846 or check out our web at www.hansenmuseum.org.
Sen. Moran Holds Senate Appropriations Hearing on Alzheimer’s with Former Kansas Rep. Dennis Moore and Actor Seth Rogen
Hearing Examines Economic Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease and Current State of Research to Prevent and Treat Disease
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, held a hearing Wednesday titled “Taking a Toll on Families and the Economy: The Rising Cost of Alzheimer’s in America.” The hearing examined the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease – both economic and personal – and the state of current research initiatives.
More than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is expected to cost $203 billion this year, with $142 billion covered by the federal government through Medicare and Medicaid. A study last year by the RAND Corporation stated that the cost of dementia care is projected to double over the next 30 years, surpassing health care expenses for both heart disease and cancer. Without a way to prevent or effectively treat Alzheimer’s, it will be difficult – if not impossible – to rein in our nation’s health care costs. Sen. Moran is committed to working with Congress on prevention, treatment and ultimately a cure.
The hearing included four expert witnesses who are leading the effort to defeat Alzheimer’s, and two individuals who shared personal testimony:
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., National Institutes of Health Director
Richard J. Hodes, M.D., National Institute on Aging Director
Story C. Landis, Ph.D., National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke Director
Michael D. Hurd, Ph.D., RAND Center for the Study of Aging Director
Former Kansas Congressman Dennis Moore (D-Kan.)
Mr. Seth Rogen, Alzheimer’s Association Celebrity Champion
Sen. Moran invited his friend and former colleague, Congressman Dennis Moore to share his personal testimony at the hearing. Rep. Moore was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in June 2011, after serving Kansas’ Third District from 1999-2011.
Sen. Moran Appointed to
U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) was recently appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors.
“It is an honor to serve on the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors,” Sen. Moran said. “Americans are fortunate to have so many intelligent, hard-working and patriotic young men and women interested in serving our country in the Air Force. I feel privileged each year when I have the opportunity to recommend Kansans for admission to the Academy, and I’m fortunate to be in a position to make certain this institution provides the best possible education and training for the next generation. I also look forward to working with former McConnell AFB 22nd Wing Commander, Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, who is the first female superintendent of the Academy. ”
Sen. Moran was selected by his Senate colleagues based on his commitment to airmen in his home state of Kansas and all those who serve in the U.S. Air Force. The board provides the Secretary of Defense and members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees independent advice and recommendations on matters relating to the U.S. Air Force Academy. It is comprised of 15 members – six of which are appointed by the President of the United States. The chairmen of the Senate Committee on Armed Services and the House Committee on Armed Services, or their designees, also serve on the board. Four members are designated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Vice President of the United States or the President pro tempore of the Senate designates three additional members.