Student seeks Kansas details

Dear readers, Hello! My name is Jonathon S. I am a fifth-grade student in West Ridge Elementary School in Harlan, Iowa. My class is studying geography and history of the United States. I was happy when I chose your state because I like the Kansas Jayhawks. I would appreciate it if you sent me brochures, a souvenir or information about your state. My teacher would like it if you sent a car license plate for a school project, if possible. I appreciate your time. Thank you! Go Jayhawks!

Sincerely,

JONATHON S. Mrs. Newlin's S.S. Class West Ridge Elem. School 1401 19th St. Harlan, IA 51537

Pay attention to rural areas

Imow lawns, a few trees, and collect and distribute firewood in the area of Garden City, Pierceville and northern Finney County and other areas for a period longer than four years. I am a resident of northeast Finney County and live and have family members in the area. I do believe that the Finney County Sheriff's Office should patrol more in the rural areas and get to know their areas and their people during business hours.

Yes there might be problems like abundance of raccoons (increased wildlife) or vacant buildings and homesteads that offer shelter for wildlife. These wildlife areas and some road conditions should be noted and reported. Also the sheriff's office should patrol the main county roads because of increased traffic flow and the highway patrol doesn't patrol often the back roads to catch speeders and monitor unusual vehicles nor people looking for alternative routes. The county could count the amount of cars that travel the rural county highways and the Kansas Department of Wildlife (KDW) could be more involved also.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife could patrol this valley area more, especially around the Pawnee Valley where my sister, mother and other families live and where some roads are currently not maintained.

These areas support wildlife like shaggy wolves, possibly or likely shaggy wolf dogs around the spring hole area around the Hund Road, north of CanCannons Lake and north of Deweys Lake.

Please be aware that there is spring water in the area and the wildlife and varmints that live there are abundant. Please maintain your building and protect your property best that you can.

RICHARD MARTIN,

Garden City

Week celebrates early learning

Young children here in southwest Kansas deserve the best that we can give them.

Week of the Young Child, held April 11 through 17, is a time to recognize the needs of young children, and thank the adults involved in their education and care. Parents, teachers, caregivers and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children, and Week of the Young Child celebrates their efforts.

We can show our support for early learning in our community by promoting early literacy programs, thanking teachers who care for our children and working to ensure that our public policies support early learning for all young children.

Week of the Young Child is a time to remind us that early years are learning years.

STEPHANIE KELLER,

Garden City

Keller is the chairwoman of the Early Childhood Taskforce.