Tag: Strong Communities

It’s Fair Time!

We look forward to seeing you at your local county fair! Individuals of all ages are encouraged to exhibit a prized item, creation, and/or skill in Open Class. The fair is a great place to see local talent on display and to enjoy entertainment with your friends and family. Contact your local Post Rock District Office for the complete fair schedules and exhibiting guidelines. You can also visit http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/4-h/county-fairs/.

Post Rock District 2018 Fair Dates

Jewell County (Mankato): July 15—18th

Smith County (Smith Center): July 19—23rd

Lincoln County (Sylvan Grove): July 25—28th

Mitchell County (Beloit): July 25—28th

Osborne County (Osborne): July 25—30th


By:  Nora Rhoades

Family and Community Wellness

We’re so much more than old-school home economics. Family and Consumer Science Agents help build healthy, vibrant communities, families, and individuals. We are a leading force in your hometown and offer educational workshops for all ages and stages of life.

Nora Rhoades and Ashley Svaty, your local Family and Consumer Science Agents, are building partnerships and planning educational experiences for the fall and winter months. To start the conversation about bringing a life-changing experience to your community, contact a Post Rock District Office!

By:  Nora Rhoades

Community Leaders Engage in Critical Community Health Conversations

In a move to create a more prominent “culture of health” in our region, community leaders representing Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne and Smith Counties participated in a series of meetings Kansas State University organized across the state of Kansas.

They had one goal in mind: to make Kansans healthier.

Read more about these conversations, and discover why it is important for our communities to make health and wellness a priority at http://postrockextension.blogspot.com/2018/04/post-rock-district-community-leaders.html

By:  Nora Rhoades

Raise Your Hand For Kansas Youth – Help 4-H Win $20,000!

In 4-H, we believe in the power of America’s youth to succeed in life; however, only one in three youth say they have the skills they need to handle what life throws their way.

That’s why 4-H created “Raise Your Hand.” A nationwide call to action for alumni and friends to “Raise Your Hand” to empower our nation’s youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime.

The state with the most hands raised will win $20,000 for their local 4-H programs. Help bring high-quality 4-H experiences to even more youth right here in Kansas!

4-H gives youth the opportunity to learn by doing, grow from failure and develop the skills they need to make a difference in their community. We’re asking you, friends and alumni of 4-H, to Raise Your Hand to support 4-H’ers in Kansas!


“Voting” is easy – simply go online to www.4-H.org/RaiseYourHand. The contest ends May 15, so Raise Your Hand now and select KANSAS.

By:  Nora Rhoades

Post Rock Extension District Advisory Conversations

Join the Post Rock District’s Extension Agents as we explore the strengths and weaknesses faced by our communities, families, businesses and youth.  The insight gained will play a valuable role in Extension’s ability to initiate and maintain research-based programs and services to support satisfying lifestyles and healthy communities.

Please RSVP one day prior to the conversation you plan to attend.

Beloit Office: April 5th, 10:00‒11:00am
115 S. Hersey Beloit, KS 67420 (785) 738-3597

Lincoln Office: April 5th, 1:30‒2:30pm
216 E. Lincoln Lincoln, KS 67455 (785) 524-4432

Mankato Office: April 6th, 10:00‒11:00am
307 N. Commercial Mankato, KS 66956 (785) 378-3174

Smith Center Office: April 6th, 1:30‒2:30pm
218 S. Grant Smith Center, KS 66967 (785) 282-6823

Osborne Office: April 12th, 10:00‒11:00am
113 N. 1st Street Osborne, KS 67473 (785) 346-2521

Virtual Meeting: April 12th, 1:30‒2:30pm
Meeting connection information will be shared with RSVPs

By:  Nora Rhoades

Stress Management

Everybody experiences both good and bad stress, and we need strategies to cope and manage it in our daily lives.

Nora Rhoades, Post Rock District Family and Youth Development Agent, is featured on Nex-Tech’s Extension Ed Talks discussing stress management. She provides insight about what stress is and how it influences us both positively and negatively. Nora shares practical strategies to improve your wellness through positive stress management. You can also learn about stress management through the K-State Research and Extension resource, Keys to Embracing Aging: Stress Management.

By:  Nora Rhoades