On Thursday, August 25, at 6:30 p.m., community members are invited to celebrate the completion of 2014 Bond work at Kennedy Early Learning Center (ELC). Project completion will be commemorated with a dedication plaque and ribbon cutting.
The evening offers everyone an opportunity to see the building improvements accomplished through the 2014 school bond issue. Controlled entry and two multi-purpose/storm shelters were added to the building and the main office was expanded. Two classrooms were built that now house the HELP program, formerly housed at Central High School.
The art installation at Kennedy ELC is particularly endearing because the artist, Mr. Imagination (Mr. I), created the artwork at the 2009 Smoky Hill River Festival with children and community members. Mr. I died a few years later, but before the art was installed in Salina. Mr. I’s wish was that his work be placed where it can inspire children to make art from anything. Kennedy ELC will be a perfect location to manifest his wish.
Lesa Larson, Head Start Director, explains, “The primitive art pieces are guardians and hands made from found objects. The art symbolizes our role at Heartland Programs as protectors and caretakers of children and families enrolled in our program; we take that role very seriously. The youth who worked with Mr. I to create these pieces may now be parents of children in our program. It would be exciting if they recognized the art!”
The brief plaque dedication ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. with tours and refreshments following. Everyone is welcome and the event is free.