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After-school students visit Capitol, share information

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Visiting the state capitol and sharing the story of the Kansas Reading Roadmap afterschool program was an honor that 21 HES students and four adults recently experienced. Herington was among just five schools from across Kansas that were invited to attend the activity designed to advocate for the KRR program. 

KRR is a K-3 literacy program with the mission that “Every child will enter fourth grade reading proficiently so they can graduate on time and achieve their full potential.” The program provides individualized instruction and interventions to meet the needs of the students. Herington became a part of this program in 2014.

Herington students are the Railyard Detectives. They wore their white lab coats with the slogan “Developing Community Leader” to the capitol and caught the attention of several people who stopped to ask what they were doing. Students and adults shared with visitors that they are learning to read at or above grade level benchmarks so that they can become leaders and be anything they dream of being.

In addition to helping visitors and lawmakers learn about KRR, students also heard a read-aloud by Tabitha Brotherton, program manager on the KRR leadership team. Ms. Brotherton drew the students into the story with lots of passion as she read, and they learned four vocabulary words.  A 30-minute read-aloud session is a part of the Railyard program each evening.

Students also were able to travel through the capitol building and admire the murals, statues, architecture and history. Most of the group went to the top of the capitol building and stepped out on the platform to walk around the top.  Visiting the capitol was an experience that these students will remember for many years.

Students and their adult sponsors, Principal Donalyn Biehler, KRR Program Director Cindy Roberts, and KRR Tutors Sam Garrard and Patty Kahle, had a great day and helped teach many people the importance of the KRR program.