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2018 Challenge Award
2018 Challenge Award
Dinah Umscheid
Tuesday, April 09, 2019


April 9, 2019

Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force announces Challenge Award recipients

(BLUE RAPIDS) — The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force has named 185 schools in 98 Kansas public school districts, including Valley Heights Jr/Sr High School, as recipients of the 2018 Challenge Awards.

The awards recognize Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in their school population. Since its inception in 2002, nearly 1,700 awards have been presented to schools across the state.

Certificates of Merit will be presented to schools by Kansas State Board of Education members.

“This recognition is a result of great effort on the part of students, staff and parents,” said John Bergkamp, Superintendent.

The Confidence in Public Education Task Force is a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to strengthen confidence in Kansas public education and to increase awareness of the positive aspects of public education in the state. The Task Force was created in 1981.

Members of the Task Force include American Association of University Women; Kansas PTA; Kansas Association of School Boards; Kansas National Education Association; Kansas State Board of Education; Kansas State High School Activities Association; Kansas Partners in Education; League of Women Voters – Kansas; and United School Administrators of Kansas.

For more information about Valley Heights Jr/Sr High School receiving a Challenge Award, contact John Bergkamp, Superintendent at 785-363-2398.

For more information about the Challenge Awards program, call Tamla Miller at the Kansas State Department of Education at (785) 296-4950. For more information about the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force, call G.A. Buie, chairman of the Task Force, at (785) 232-6566.