Game On walk for public education sets out from Merriam to Topeka

Rep. Jarrod Ousley (suit) and Heather Ousley (R) posed for photos with dozens of walkers at Chatlain Park.
Rep. Jarrod Ousley (suit) and Heather Ousley (R) posed for photos with dozens of walkers at Chatlain Park.

The fourth walk to Topeka headed west from Merriam’s Chatlain Park this morning with Heather Ousley in the lead.

The difference is that four years ago, she was walking alone. Dozens of walkers have joined the movement over the succeeding years and this year groups will be walking from Manhattan and Emporia as well as Game On for Kansas Schools has grown its reach.

Heather Ousley, who is married to Kansas Rep. Jarrod Ousley, said she was not surprised by how the walk to advocate for public schools in Kansas has grown. “The legislature is our best advertiser,” she said.

Rep. Ousley addressed the group of walkers before heading to Topeka for a House session and education committee meeting, talking about bills that are seen as anti-education.

Rep. Linda Gallagher called it a “tsunami of bad bills” that have hit the legislature this year. “We need more reasonable, sane people in Topeka,” she said.

The walkers will start Saturday with a rally at Eudora Elementary School in Eudora. Another rally is set for Lawrence and all of the walkers from across the state will gather across from Topeka High School and walk to the capitol for a final rally.

Pastor Aaron Roberts offered a prayer for the feet before the start of the walk.
Pastor Aaron Roberts offered a prayer for the feet before the start of the walk.
Heather Ousley led the walkers out of the Merriam park.
Heather Ousley led the walkers out of the Merriam park.