LISTEN LIVE KPR - On Air: Listen Live to classical, jazz and NPR news Schedule LATEST
KPR 2 - On Air: Listen live to KPR's all talk-radio service, KPR2 Recordings

Share this page              

Ag-Based Curriculum Invigorates KS School


WALTON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas school that once was on the brink of closure has found new life as an agriculture-themed charter school.

Students at the Walton 21st Century Rural Life Center now learn through projects that range from selling eggs to showing pigs at the county fair.

The farm curriculum has been replicated elsewhere, including urban environments in Chicago and Philadelphia.

The Walton school is located in a farming community of 235 people. It had barely 80 students when the school district decided to transform the kindergarten to fourth-grade building as an agriculture-focused charter school.

Since making the switch in 2007, enrollment was grown to 183 students. Parents frequently call the school, eager to nab a spot for their children. One of the waiting list's latest additions was a 3-week-old baby.

Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)

See the Coverage Map for more details

Contact Us

Kansas Public Radio
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Download Map
785-864-4530 (Main Line)
888-577-5268 (Toll Free)