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10/13/2016 - 7th Grade Cultural Crawl

(Salina, KS 10-16) Organizers are excited to announce plans for the first-ever 7th Grade Cultural Crawl on Monday, October 17th, 2016. Spearheaded by Rolling Hills Zoo and the Smoky Hill Museum, the mission of the Cultural Crawl is to expose students to the interconnectedness of Salina’s cultural entities, and to help youth see how their involvement can shape their future and the future of Salina. . 

Seventh graders across Salina were targeted for this program, as many times this age group does not have the same opportunities for field trips and other ways to learn outside the classroom.  This is also an age in which students are looking for a place to fit in and be involved.  

The Cultural Crawl is offered by the Salina Educators Group, a committee of professional and informal educators from the Rolling Hills Zoo, Smoky Hill Museum, Salina Arts & Humanities, National Audubon Society, the Salina Public Library and more. Salina schools participating in the Cultural Crawl will be Lakewood and South Middle Schools.

The Cultural Crawl will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 17 throughout downtown Salina. During the event, groups of 50 students will rotate through six of the twelve available stations at various locations. Lessons being taught will cover curriculum areas of arts, science, history, social studies, math and more. 

Participating organizations will donate time and talent to develop programs and staff the event stations.  Access TV will teach the basics of TV reporting and production.  The Salina Art Center will talk to students about the design, creation and naming of Salina’s newest landmark.  Friends of the River Foundation will demonstrate to students how city tax allocations are used to improve the community for the benefit of Salina residents.  Lakewood Discovery Center will explore the importance of Kansas native plants and the roles they played in food cultivation.  Rolling Hills Zoo will teach about dichotomous key and animal identification.  Salina Downtown, Inc. will help students gain an understanding of the visual arts. Salina Public Library will help students transform literature into abstract poetry or a story.  Smoky Hill Museum will connect youth to the 1960’s civil rights movement and the struggle for a political voice.  The Smoky Hill Audubon Society will teach students how habitats shape the ecosystem in different parts of the world.   Local hip-hop artists cash hollistah and South City will share how music influences the local culture.

Volunteers from Salina Area United Way and honor students from Southeast of Saline will help throughout the day.   Kohl’s Cares volunteers will set up and tear down the event, and Kohl’s Cares will fund the cost of lunch prepared by Rolling Hills Zoo.  Funding for buses for the Cultural Crawl is provided by Salina Arts & Humanities. For additional information, contact Nona Miller at the Smoky Hill Museum at 785-309-5776 or at