Communities are recognized for their improvements.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas PRIDE program has named six communities as PRIDE Communities of Excellence for their ongoing accomplishments in community development.
The 2015-2017 PRIDE Communities of Excellence are Glasco, Dover, Randolph, McFarland, Lecompton and Larned.
Kansas PRIDE is a partnership of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Commerce and Kansas PRIDE, Inc.
The award is given to 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, said Jaime Menon, extension assistant with the PRIDE program. Volunteers form a local PRIDE organization that works with K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Commerce to accomplish their goals.
The designation is awarded to a community for a set period of three years.
“The Kansas PRIDE program is a volunteer-led organization, and these awards highlight the hard work the volunteers provide for the State of Kansas,” Menon said. “Each community has its own unique structure, culture and assets, and Kansas PRIDE volunteers work to bring out the best in their communities and promote what they have to offer. It is through the work of these volunteers that Kansas communities continue to thrive and be a great place to live and raise a family.”
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.
More information about Kansas PRIDE is available by calling 785-532-5840 or emailing PRIDE@ksu.edu.