FHSU student to speak with Governor Kathleen Sebelius Nov. 21 at Hays elementary school

In conjunction with Governor Kathleen Sebelius's visits to Kansas schools during American Education Week, Fort Hays State University student Paul Erickson, Buhler senior, will speak with the Governor Nov. 21 at Lincoln Elementary School, 1906 Ash, Hays.

Erickson works as an intern in the third-grade classroom of Lincoln Elementary teacher Sherry Linenberger.

Governor Sebelius will arrive in the elementary classroom at 12:30 p.m. where she will visit with Linenberger about her class and her unique experience with a larger-than-normal class size. Erickson will also speak to Governor Sebelius during this time regarding the relationship between FHSU and the elementary schools.

"Since I don't know all of the facts, I'm going to present the relationship from a personal standpoint and talk about how it has assisted me in my development as a teacher," Erickson said.

"The principle wanted the Governor to visit this particular classroom. He asked me to speak about the university's relationship to the school. I guess that he figured 'Who better than an intern from a university to speak,' " Erickson said with a chuckle.

After visiting with Erickson and Linenberger, Governor Sebelius will speak to the Lincoln Elementary School student body at 1 p.m. during a school assembly.

After her departure from Lincoln Elementary school at 1:30 p.m., Governor Sebelius will continue her visits to Kansas schools when she will arrive at Hays High School, 2300 E. 13th St., at 1:40 p.m., where she will speak to the entire student body from 2-2-30 p.m. It is unknown at the time what topic the Governor will address. The public is invited to listen.

American Education Week, which runs from Nov. 16-22, began in Wichita East High School with an address from Governor Sebelius. Throughout the week, Governor Sebelius will visit seven schools across the state as she learns about the various programs and accomplishments of the schools.

?With a national theme of 'Great Public Schools for Every Child -- America?s Promise,' this week presents a perfect time to highlight some of the great schools in Kansas," said Sebelius on her Web site, www.ksgovernor.org/news/docs/news_rel111403b.html. "Education is a top priority of this administration and I am honored to visit with some top-notch students and teachers.?

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