Kansas PRIDE Winners

(Deb)Lecompton was one of the Kansas Pride Communities this year. Got an award. So we’re gonna talk to you about all those communities working so hard to share their stories and improve their communities. Kansas Pride Communities. Stay tuned. The Kansas PRIDE Program is a partnership of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Commerce, and Kansas PRIDE, Inc. and is all about building better Communities. It is dedicated to serving communities across the state and encouraging and assisting local government and volunteers in making their community a better place to live and work. Through the PRIDE program, local communities identify what they would like to preserve, create, or improve for their future. Then, working with the resources of K-State Research & Extension and the Kansas Department of Commerce, community volunteers pull together to create their ideal community plan. The Pride Communities of Excellence distinction is given to a community for a set period of three years. It honors local PRIDE volunteer groups that continuously work to improve their communities through activities such as determining the community’s needs, establishing goals, creating projects and celebrating successes. As Community of Excellence award winners, they are eligible to apply for Partners in PRIDE matching grants of up to $2,000 to fund future community improvements. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation earlier in the spring designating May 24-30 as this year’s Week of PRIDE. The 2015-2017 PRIDE Communities of Excellence are Glasco, Dover, Randolph, McFarland, Lecompton and Larned. If you have never been to one of these communities you should visit. They are putting forth the efforts and improvements to make their community a great place to live, entertain and grow. Isn’t that what Rural Kansas is all about? If you want to learn more about the Pride Program you can visit www.kansasprideprogram.ksu.edu