Local preschool’s success shared with state officials

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September 19, 2012 - 12:00 AM

It was Windsor Place and Iola school officials who took a field trip Tuesday, to Topeka to hobnob with politicians and give the Kansas State Board of Education a look at the work being done with the Age to Age Program.

Gov. Sam Brownback also got first-hand information from SAFE BASE director Angela Eyster, with SAFE BASE Leslie Hillbrant, McKinley Elementary Principal Lori Maxwell, Windsor Place director Linda Harrison, human resources representative Mariam Highberger, pre-school teacher Heather Wools, assistant pre-school teacher Stacie Smail and USD 257 Superintendent Brian Pekarek.

As the group walked into the governor’s office, Eyster noticed a familiar painting. Iolan Gary Hawk’s painting of Higley Cabin, which inspired the state song “Home on the Range.” Hawk is Smail’s grandfather and Eyster’s uncle.

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