Plans developing to revive Keep It A Safe Summer

After being off the community calendar for three years, an effort is underway to revive Keep It A Safe Summer.


The event brought a long list of community organizations to the Lyon County Fairgrounds so they could tout the activities they had for kids during the summer months. Organizer Rhonda Gordon says there has been an undercurrent of support for the event since it was last held.

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May 22 is the target date at the Lyon County Fairgrounds. Gordon says the Lyon County Extension Office will be the lead organization, but there is already a lot of support from the Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas, local media and the Emporia Recreation Commission.

Keep It A Safe Summer was a featured event through Emporians for Drug Awareness for years, but cuts in grant funding forced the parent group to close in 2012. A grant is in hand to hold the event this year, but long-term funding is needed to keep the event going.

A meeting is set for Feb. 26 at 3 pm at the Extension Office. For booth information or to volunteer, call Gordon at 341-3220.

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