Game On for Kansas Schools will make fourth trek to Topeka starting Friday

Walk founder Heather Ousley, in red jacket, and Ben Clayton heading west toward to Topeka from Johnson County in 2015.
Walk founder Heather Ousley, in red jacket, and Ben Clayton heading west toward to Topeka from Johnson County in 2015.

A group of local public school advocates will again be making the trip from Merriam to Topeka by foot this month as a way to raise awareness of the funding struggles Shawnee Mission and other schools face under current state policy.

Started by Merriam mom Heather Ousley four years ago, the walk has grown into one of the group’s largest displays of support for better school funding. Ousley is married to Merriam Rep. Jarrod Ousley.

“We walk because our kids are worth it — all our kids,” said Heather in a release announcing this year’s dates. “And we refuse to let them down.”

In addition to the route starting in Merriam, there will also be groups walking from Manhattan and Emporia this year.

In Johnson County, the walk will kick off with a rally at Chatlain Park, 63rd Terrace and Carter Avenue in Merriam, at 8:15 a.m. Friday. The Johnson County walkers will then start Saturday with a rally at Eudora Elementary School in Eudora, and will hold another rally when they reach Lawrence. On Monday, all of the walkers from across the state will gather across from Topeka High School in the morning and walk to the capitol for their final rally.

You can find more details on the walk here.