By Jaime Menon, Kansas PRIDE Program
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas PRIDE program has recognized eight Kansas communities for going “above and beyond” with projects designed to improve their towns.
Working with K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Commerce, PRIDE communities identify what they want to preserve, create or improve for the future. The local program is made up of community volunteers.
Officials with the Kansas PRIDE program – which has been in operation 52 years – said some communities go above and beyond with their workload, and are being honored through the organization’s annual awards program.
The Project Excellence Award is for those communities that have an intensive project and are recognized for their hard work. The winners for the Spring 2022 Project Excellence award are:
- Alton – Kansas Food Bank Project.
- Alton – Centennial Garden Revitalization.
- Potwin – Flower Barrel Beautification Project.
For the Rising Star Award, communities can nominate a partner, which can be a person, organization or business that helps the PRIDE group accomplish their goals. Communities, and their nominated partners, this year were:
- Alton – Tony Dibble.
- Blue Rapids – Bob and Sandra Roepke.
- Delia – Delia Rural Fire Department District 5.
- Perry – First State Bank and Trust.
- Yates Center – YCHS Woodshop Class.
The awards were given by the Kansas PRIDE Program, a partnership of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Masons, and Kansas PRIDE, Inc.
“Groups work hard to make their community a better place to live and work,” said Jaime Menon, a co-coordinator for the Kansas PRIDE program. “They all deserve recognition for the beneficial projects they bring to their communities.”