April 09, 2011 –
Gov. Sam Brownback came to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Easter Egg-Stravaganza today and had a good time visiting with youngsters and their families. Over 300 people registered for the event that included lunch and Easter egg hunts.
Gov. Brownback, fourth from left, posed with PBPN who were instrumental in helping host today’s event. Left to right, is Daniel Goombi, Samantha Wahquahboshkuk, Rebekah Jones, Carrie O’Toole and Jennifer Hale. Goombi, Wahquahboshkuk and Hale work in the Family Violence Prevention Program and Jones for the Tribal Victims Assistance Program. O’Toole is on the Tribal Council.
Also assisting with today’s event were members of the Kansas Student Leadership Group who are interested in learning about the Prairie Band people and were photographed with Tribal Council Member Carrie O’Toole, fifth from left. Around 25 college students from Washburn, Univ. of Kansas, Kansas State Univ. and Haskell stayed at the Boys & Girls Club last night and helped with today’s event. From left to right are Paulette Blanchard, Toby Rush, Abigal (Ma’KO’Quah) Jones, Derek Kreifels, O’Toole, Andrew Jarozon and Lora Biesenthal. Jones is a PBPN member.
The grandchild of Season Serna was decked out in Easter fashion.
Jennifer Hale, Family Violence Prevention Program, with Carol Shopteese who is with the Diabetes Prevention Program that helped sponsor the event.
Angeline and Daffodil Aitkens look for eggs.
Easter egg hunts were broken into age categories and groups hunted for the egg with the golden ticket.
Door prizes and an egg decorating contest also rounded out the day.