RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State

STATE OF KANSAS
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564
www.kssos.org


NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Friday, October 3, 2003

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580
jesseb@kssos.org

SECRETARY OF STATE RON THORNBURGH READS TO
CHILDREN AT THE CAPPER FOUNDATION

Topeka, KS – Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh will read to children ages two and a half to six years old on Tuesday, October 7, 2003, at 10:30 a.m. as a part of the Capper Foundation’s Kidlink Preschool and Childcare Program.

“I am grateful to be a small part of such a wonderful program,” said Thornburgh. “As a father of two boys I understand and appreciate the benefits of programs like Kidlink and the volunteers and staff who give of their time and energy. I encourage all Kansans to give back to their communities by participating in programs like Kidlink.”

The Capper Foundation was started in 1920 by Senator Arthur Capper who had a passion for children with physical disabilities. Now, 80 years later the Capper Foundation has a new 50,000 square foot facility, state of the art technologies and more quality programs.

The Kidlink Pre-School and Childcare Program provides cognitive, communicative, social/emotional, physical, and self-help skills to children with diverse abilities. The goal is to assist children to develop positive self-esteems, learn to assert their individuality, experience a sense of independence, and celebrate their differences. In doing so, children will learn how to maximize their strengths and opportunities.
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