The sign at 19th and Iowa streets giving directions to "Girls State" also should serve as a reminder of how fortunate Kansas University and Lawrence are to be the site of this annual American Legion Auxiliary program. Girls State and Boys State offer outstanding Kansas high school juniors a hands-on opportunity to learn about government and civic-community responsibility.
It is an excellent program and provides a unique opportunity for Lawrence and KU to host hundreds of top-flight young people. Hopefully, a good number of these high school juniors will want to pursue their college education at KU.
Unfortunately, Boys State is being held at Kansas State University this year due to space complications at KU. Kansas State and Manhattan officials can be expected to try to keep Boys State on their campus because they realize the many positive spin-offs from the event.
It is hoped KU and Lawrence officials will do whatever they can to encourage American Legion officials to return Boys State to KU next year.
The university provides many extras for Lawrence, and one of these is the opportunity to have thousands of bright, enthusiastic young people visit the city every year to learn more about the university or participate in various academic and sports programs. In addition to Girls State and Boys State, the Midwestern Music and Art Camp is another example of outstanding students from throughout the country coming to Lawrence because of the university.
With this in mind, local officials and residents should be alert to working to make Lawrence an even more attractive and outstanding host city for such programs, and every effort should be made to have Boys State returned to KU next summer.