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News for 10/23/19

Inspire Kids to Do!

October is the membership drive month and the time of year when kids sign up for 4-H.

4-H is a great way to have fun and gain experience in lots of areas: livestock, photography, cooking, sewing, rocketry, crafts, judging, growing things….you name it!

There are two 4-H clubs in the Thunder Ridge school district.  The Busy Bees for Smith County and Agra Trail Blazers for Phillips County. Both clubs are very active and offer great opportunities for kids ages 7-18.  5 and 6 year olds can sign up to be a cloverbud too! If you want more information contact Busy Bees leader Erica Barnes or you can also call the Post Rock District Office in Smith Center at 785-282-6823. Have Fun and Go

Green! Join 4-H!

Senior/Community Center Potluck

There will be a Halloween Potluck at the Kensington Senior/Community Center on Thursday, October 31st. We will open at 5:00pm with candy treats for the children. Treats will be available until 9:00pm. The potluck will be at 6:00pm. All are welcome. Please bring a dish to share with others. There will be games to play after eating; cards and dominoes. Come join us for an evening of fun, good food, and fellowship.


Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat- Thunder Ridge High School KAYS will be going around the communities of Kensington, Agra,  and Kirwin to do reverse trick-or-treating on Sunday, October 27, from 2-4:00pm. They will be collecting food to donate to the local food pantry. If you would like to donate but won’t be home, simply hang your bagged goods on your door, and they will pick it up. Contact Kathi Boden or Robin Billings if you have questions. Thanks for you “spooktacular” support!!

Need a Tutor?- Students taking online college classes or needing some extra help with math or science are invited to visit the Kensington Community/School Library on Monday nights from 6-8pm starting October 14th. This is FREE tutoring available for students in math and science classes. 

TR Calendar of Events 


Wed. 23- FFA Greenhand Conference @ Atwood; Bus Driver Appreciation Day @ MS 7:45-8:15am; 4th & 5th Parent/Teacher Conferences starting at 4:00pm

Thur. 24- 7-12th grades to Christian Foundation Assembly @ Huck Boyd Center 1:30pm

Fri. 25- No School – P/T Exchange Day; 7:00pm HS FB vs Osborne *Parent Night*

Sat. 26- Sub State VB

Mon. 28- MS BB Begins

Wed. 30- Pre-K to Hunter’s Pumpkin Patch leaving @ 8:45am

Thur. 31- District FB; Halloween Parade uptown Agra for Pre-K @ 9:30; 4/5/6th and K-3rd in Kensington @ 2:30, classroom parties to follow.


Fri. 1-  MS BB Sports Pictures 3:15pm; State VB @ Dodge City; FFA National Convention

Sat. 2-  Honor Choir/Band to Hays; State VB @ Dodge City

Mon. 4-  7th/8th to COPE Course @ Camp Hansen; KAY Regional Conference @ Logan

Fri. 8-  Regional FB

Sat. 9-  Veterans’ Day Celebration in Kensington

Mon. 11-Sun. 17- Fall Buffer Week

New Produce Cooler for Kensington Community Store

Kensington Community Store is a non-profit store that provides affordable groceries for local residents without the need to drive to neighboring towns. We depend on our residents to keep the store in business. 

A new 7 door produce cooler was purchased with the help of the Trusts and Foundations listed below.   This should save hundreds of dollars per month in energy savings. Special “Thank You” to the following for providing funds for our new cooler.

CoBank (Ron Rahjes-CoBank board member) $15,000; Rathert Foundation $2,287; Thomas Charitable Trust $1,000; Cleon Dettmer Charitable Trust $500; HOME Charitable Foundation $500; Carrol & Darlene Booz Charitable Trust  $370; Mark Migalski Memorial; Individuals donating to the fundraiser dinners. KCS held a Soup Lunch Fundraiser on September 22, 2019 and a total of $4,091.13 was donated for the cooler installation and also to help pay outstanding bills.   Thank you everyone who brought soup, worked, participated and made a donation.

Halloween Fun at the Library!

The Kensington Community/School Library is hosting a Pumpkin Decorating Contest again this year. We invite the children to decorate fake pumpkins to resemble their favorite book characters. We do have foam pumpkins available for $3.00 each while supplies last. Bring your finished product and book to the library by Monday, October 21st to have on display for voting. Voting will take place through Monday the 28th. 

New this year, we are inviting local organizations, businesses and churches to join us in holding a Trunk-Or-Treat event on Monday evening, October 28th. Park in the library parking lot or along the street and open your trunks from 6:30-7:30pm. Thunder Ridge Elementary also plans to parade downtown on Thursday afternoon, October 31st with around 45 kids dressed up in their costumes. If your business already plans to provide treats this day, please note that Trunk-Or-Treat is optional but we’d love to have you. Do one or both! Let’s make this Halloween a great one for the kids. 


Notice: Please get your news items to Erica no later than Sunday afternoon at 5:00pm. News submitted after Sunday will be in the paper the following week. Send your info to Erica Barnes at with subject line: NEWS; or feel free to call 785-476-8185. For the full, in color edition, visit

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