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Kansas Star Casino issues education grants to six organizations

Country superstar Tim McGraw will open the Kansas Star CasinoÕs new concert and events center on July 7. The Kansas Star Arena will seat about 6,000 people for the concert. (May 20, 2013)
Country superstar Tim McGraw will open the Kansas Star CasinoÕs new concert and events center on July 7. The Kansas Star Arena will seat about 6,000 people for the concert. (May 20, 2013) The Wichita Eagle

The Kansas Star Casino’s All-Star Scholars Fund will give nearly $95,000 in education grants to six organizations in Sedgwick and Sumner counties, officials of the fund said Tuesday.

The organizations are Exploration Place, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum and Old Cowtown Museum, Belle Plaine Elementary School, the Arc of Sedgwick County and the Mulvane Learning Connection.

The fund will give $34,395 to Exploration Place to help Belle Plaine and Mulvane third- and fourth-grade teachers offer hands-on science programs in their classrooms this year.

It will give $35,000 to the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum and Old Cowtown Museum to bring Sumner County third- and fifth-graders to the museums to teach them about their history and heritage.

The Belle Plaine Elementary School will receive $14,000 to update its library, including books and technology.

The Arc of Sedgwick County has received $6,000 to allow 12 Sumner County families to send their children with developmental disabilities to its Youth Educational and Summer Socialization Program.

The Mulvane Learning Connection, which offers adult students a chance to earn high school diplomas, will receive $5,000 to help selected graduates with post-secondary education.

The All-Star Scholars Fund receives all of its money – $1.5 million a year – from the Kansas Star Casino. The fund this year also has provided nearly $400,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors in Sumner County and Mulvane, and $800,000 to students and teachers in Sumner County and Mulvane to help with back-to-school costs.

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