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Governor to Celebrate State's Birthday and History with Kansas Kids

Location: Topeka, KS

Governor to Celebrate State's Birthday and History with Kansas Kids

Joined by Kansans of all ages and celebrity status, Governor Kathleen Sebelius will lead the celebration of Kansas' birthday from the State Capitol on January 27th. While activities occur throughout the day at the Statehouse, the Governor will kick off Kansas Day with a ceremony, including a birthday cake and candles, at 10:00 a.m. in the 2nd floor Rotunda.

"Kansas Day is a great event and we always have a lot of school children and families at the Capitol to celebrate our state's birthday," Governor Sebelius said. "I invite everyone to come out to celebrate Kansas' birthday and even have some birthday cake."

During the ceremony, Governor Sebelius will honor several Kansans. The State Quarter Poster contest winners will be recognized with a certificate. The quarter, which represents our state's heritage, traditions, past and future, was unveiled last fall at the Kansas State Fair.

Dennis Rogers, a Topeka teacher and Navajo storyteller and dancer, will perform a Hoop Dance during the ceremony. Rogers has traveled all over the world to teach children and adults about Native American art and culture.

Danni Boatwright, a Tonganoxie native and "Survivor: Guatemala" winner, will also be on-hand.

"Danni is a great example of how good old fashioned Kansas hard work can pay off and I'm very happy she was able to take time out of what I imagine is a very busy schedule to celebrate Kansas Day," Governor Sebelius said.

For teachers and students who can't make it to the Capitol on Friday, Kansas Day is coming to them. The ceremony which is being taped by the Education Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas, (ESSDACK), will be available via live webcast across the state at

With this year's theme of "Explore," Kansas Day will provide school-aged Kansans an opportunity to learn more about government, art and architecture as they explore the Capitol between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Re-enactors will be stationed throughout the building and each student is expected to stop at each station, each which covers a different aspect of Kansas and the Statehouse. Mayberry Middle School Choir, Wichita, under the direction of Danny Darrington will perform at 9:45 a.m., immediately preceding the public birthday party.

Kansas became the 34th state in 1861. This year, we celebrate its 145-year old birthday.

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