For Immediate Release:
April 27, 2018
Senator Laura Kelly receives Distinguished Service to Children Award
At a ceremony today in Topeka, Senator Laura Kelly, candidate for governor, was recognized for her advocacy on behalf of Kansas children and their families and her commitment to working across the aisle to make a difference in the lives of Kansas kids.
“I am honored that this year we have selected State Senator Laura Kelly as one of the recipients of Kansas Children’s Service League’s (KCSL) highest honor, the Distinguished Service to Kansas Children Award,” said KCSL President and CEO Dona Booe. “In 2018, we celebrate 125 years of service protecting and promoting the well-being of children, and in that time, there have been some amazing legislators like Senator Kelly who have made lasting impacts in the lives of children and families.”
The Distinguished Service to Kansas Children Award is the highest honor Kansas Children’s Service League gives. It is given to leaders who show courage in the fight to improve the lives of kids and share the priorities and values of the KCSL.
“I’m humbled to be recognized by the Kansas Children’s Service League for my work on behalf of our kids,” said Kelly. “Standing up for kids and schools has been a lifelong mission and will continue to be my priority as governor. We must do more to invest in our children and ensure they all have the opportunity to succeed.”
This is the second prestigious award presented to Senator Kelly this month that recognizes her commitment to children. She received the KNEA 2018 Friend of Education Award earlier this month. Kelly serves on the Child Welfare System Task Force and is working diligently with other legislators and experts to improve the Kansas foster care system that has been damaged by the Brownback-Colyer Administration.
“Senator Kelly’s support of expanding KCSL’s intensive home visitation model, Healthy Families Kansas, will not only prevent child abuse and neglect in overburdened families but also falls in line with her legacy of dedicated service to helping Kansas children and families thrive,” added Booe.
“This year, we have a powerful opportunity to unite around something big: our children,” said Kelly. “Nothing is more important to Kansans than family; nothing is more precious than our children. It’s time our families have a partner in the governor’s office again.”