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News for 10/20/21

HOME Foundation Grant Update Thanks to all the applicants for the fall grant cycle. We had 9 applications, and were able to fund 4 of the requests. Congratulations to the American Legion Auxiliary, Kensington Housing Authority, Kensington Commercial Club, and Kensington Community Library. The Home Foundation was able to fund $3,500 of grants in 2021 bringing the total to nearly $18,000 since 2015. Thanks to the donations to our endowment we can now fund $4,000 of annual grants in perpetuity. Every year we have many worthy applications that we are unable to fund. Please consider a donation to the Home Foundation as we strive to increase our endowed funds to $250,000 which will enable us to give $10,000 a year in grants. Thunder Ridge Ballgame Schedule & Important Dates Wed. 20- Bus Driver Appreciation @ MS 7:45-8:15am; MS Honors Program in the Auditorium 3:15pm Thurs. 21- MS AR Party-Bowling @ Stockton Fri. 22- No School – Teacher Inservice; 7pm HS FB @ Miltonvale Sat. 23- HS VB Sub-State; HS Regional XC Sun. 24- KAYS Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat 2-4pm in Kensington, Agra, Kirwin Mon. 25- MS Cheers last day of Cookie Dough sales; Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8:30pm (All buildings) Tue. 26- MS BB practice begins Thurs. 28- Pre-K through 6th grade Halloween parties in the afternoon Fri. 29- NO SCHOOL TRHS KAYS Projects Thursday, November 4, the American Red Cross will be at the High School gym for a blood drive. Sign up at the TRHS office, the online portal at, or email Slots are available between 9am to 3pm. The KAYS will also go door-to-door on Sunday, October 24th from 2-4pm for Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat. This is a collection effort for the community food pantry. KAYS will be in Kensington, Agra, and Kirwin asking for donations. If you wish to give, but will not be home, hang a bag on your doorknob or leave it on the porch. If you have any questions please contact sponsor Kathi Boden or Robin Billings. The KAYS handed out pink ribbons and collected donations to give to breast cancer research at the October 8th football game against Osborne. Thank you to all who donated to this worthy cause!

JaCea Reece, Trinity Coomes, Alexis Holling, and Jordyn Vales. TRES Had a Fun Friday! The elementary students went to visit the firehouse last Friday, October 15, for fire prevention week. Fire chief Bruce Hardacre talked to the students about fire safety and how to prevent fires. He also gave the kids a fire safety calendar and water bottle. Later the same afternoon the kids got to enjoy cookies and autographs with the TRHS Longhorn Athletes. Afterward, they attended the pep rally to get pumped up for the home football game.

The Longhorn giving high-fives. Kensington Friends Former Kensington resident, J S Wagner, will be celebrating his 99th birthday on October 25. Please let him know you’re thinking of him! His address is J S Wagner ℅ Joe Wagner 1005 Brierwood Drive Manhattan, Kansas 66502 Craft Fair in Kensington Nov. 13 The Kensington Commercial/Community Club once again plans to host the Fall Festival Craft Fair during the annual Veterans Day Celebration on November 13th, 2021. If you are interested in participating as a vendor, please contact Melissa Westbrook. Mat Makers Mat makers will meet next Saturday, October 23, from 9-noon at St. John Lutheran Church. Everyone is welcome to help make mats, cut bags, or tie strips together! As the weather is getting colder, the need to help the homeless stay warm is growing! News items needed Send your news to Erica at (put NEWS in the subject line please!) or call 785-476-8185. To see the full, in-color edition, visit the Kensington website online at -- Erica Barnes Library Director; K-3 & HS Librarian Kensington Community/School Library 785-476-2219 or 8185 (cell)


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