cooking 1SEK-CAP Riverton Head Start children are a little more than curious about how to mix up some cornbread and biscuits. The A.M. class helped to cook up the yummy cornbread for Wednesday's lunch and the P.M. class baked their biscuits for Thursday's breakfast. The kids had so much fun cooking that we just had to share. Next up may be a throw down with Bobby Flay!

Boyd Koehn(Left to Right) Community Action Partnership President & CEO, Donald Mathis; SEK-CAP Board Chairman, Boyd Koehn; Boyd’s wife of 35 years, Kay Koehn; and national CAP Board Chairman John Edward, pose together after the awards ceremony.

Boyd Koehn, board chairman of the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, received the Jayne Thomas Grassroots Volunteer Recognition Award during the Community Action Partnership’s Annual Conference in Boston. Boyd, his wife Kay, and three SEK-CAP representatives attended the annual event, which was held the week of August 30th. Steve Lohr, SEK-CAP executive director said, “In my 31 years with SEK-CAP, I have not seen another individual as extraordinarily devoted to helping people and changing lives. It was an honor to accompany Boyd and to watch with pride as he received this prestigious award.”

The Jayne Thomas Volunteer Recognition Award was established by the Community Action Partnership in 1988 to acknowledge exemplary achievements in support of Community Action. The award is named after Jayne Thomas, who was an outstanding community action leader from Roanoke, Virginia, and who served as the Community Services Block Grant director for that state. The award is given to an individual each year that has shown outstanding dedication and made extraordinary contributions to a Community Action Agency. “Over 1500 people gathered together in Boston to learn, to share experiences, and to acknowledge a few very special people who are making America a better place to live. Boyd’s caring spirit is representative of the thousands of people who volunteer in community action agencies every day,” said Lohr.

Please view Boyd’s introduction video:


county fair art winners copyThe Iola Head Start Center is home to several award winning artists.  Around 50 masterpieces were submitted to the Iola County Fair, including collages, Tempra and watercolor, and pen and ink drawings. Several were awarded ribbons!

“SEK-CAP Head Start employees ask this question every day: “How are the children doing?”  The Head Start program works to develop school-ready children who are strong in all areas of their lives—academic, physical, social and emotional, as well as nurture strong, stable families with support systems that are essential to the child’s growth.”


Two SEK-CAP Head Start Centers have each been awarded a $5,000 grant to improve their outdoor play spaces. The Parsons and Galena centers received this funding through the Head Start Body Start (HSBS) National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play, who distributed 372 of these grants nationwide in an effort to increase physical activity, outdoor play, and healthy eating among Head Start and Early Head Start children, families, and staff. The playground improvements will include the addition of shade trees and perennials to enhance children’s sensory experiences and shade opportunities, climbing hills to boost children’s gross motor development, and a variety of playground equipment designed to engage children in unstructured play activity where they develop physical, cognitive, social, and emotional skills.