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The Auburn-Washburn Pop-Up Art Show has sprouted at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center! Student artwork from K-6th grade district art students can be viewed with a paid admission to the Discovery Center during normal business hours. Artwork will be on display in the outdoor play area until April 21. Center info at The project was funded by a grant from the Auburn-Washburn Public Schools Foundation.

There are also several opportunities around the community to view art created by Washburn Rural High School students.

Stephen Smith Gallery Art Lock-in Exhibition:
Location: Stephen Smith Gallery, Topeka, KS
Date(s): March 3 – March 31
Time: 11:30 am - 6:30 pm (Tuesday - Friday), 11:00 - 3:30 (Saturday)

Washburn University’s High School Art Day Exhibition:
Location: WU Art Building, Topeka, KS
Date(s): March 22 – March 31
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Monday - Friday)

Washburn University's High School Art Day Exhibition Opening Reception:
Location: WU Art Building Gallery, Topeka, KS
Date(s): March 29
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

IB Visual Art Exhibition:
Location: WRHS Library
Date(s): March 31 - April 7
Time: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

IB Visual Art Exhibition Opening Reception:
Location: WRHS Library
Date(s): Friday, March 31
Time: 4:30 am - 7:00 pm

WRHS BluePrint Art Exhibition:
Location: WRHS Library
Date(s): April 11 - April 21
Time: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Future Educator Scholarship Fundraiser

Auburn-Washburn NEA is hosting a food truck fundraiser at Washburn Rural Middle School during SUMDAY on March 25th from 10am-2pm to benefit future educators scholarship. Vendors to include Poppin' Squeeze, Poppin' Minis, and The Burger Bus.

The Auburn-Washburn Public Schools Foundation provided some seed money earlier this year to help get this Classroom Grant project going. Now the school is working to grow the program through an innovative fundraiser.

Tallgrass Student Learning Center

Check out the seed varieties we started! We are offering them for sale as part of our fundraiser for our garden program. We are selling them based on size. Big plants are $5 and small plants are $4. Some plants are limited. More pictures coming soon. Feel free to message us!

Sweetie Cherry
Supersweet Cherry
Gardeners Delight Cherry
Big Beef
Better Boy
Roma VF
Early Girl Hybrid
Better Boy Hybrid
Big Beef Hybrid
Large Red Cherry

Sweet Pepper Carnival Blend
Giant Pepper
Jalapeno Mild
California Wonder


Flowers- varieties coming soon.

Washburn Rural High School

NFHS Section 5 Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Washburn Rural High School teacher Tim Ellis for being named the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Section 5 Speech, Debate & Theatre Outstanding Educator. Ellis is just one of eight educators nationwide to receive this award.

Recently, representatives from the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) presented the award to Ellis in class at WRHS.

Auburn-Washburn Public Schools Foundation

Multi-Grade Art Book Project

Last semester, Washburn Rural Middle School Art teacher Mindy Armstrong coordinated a special Foundation Classroom Grant project. Through the project, 8th grade design students got the opportunity to collaborate with 2nd graders at Jay Shideler Elementary School.

The 2nd grade students created an illustration of a monster, and each of WRMS students received two illustrations. The 8th graders had limited info of the monsters and first wrote a short story about the two monsters, and then they created a work of art that would illustrate the monsters to go with the story.

The Foundation Classroom Grant provided the printing of books of these short stories with illustrations of the 2nd graders’ and the 8th graders’ artwork. The grant provided a book for each 2nd grader, each 8th grader, and a teacher’s copy. There are four books in total, one for each class in 2nd grade at Jay Shideler.

On March 3rd the WRMS students took a field trip to Jay Shideler to meet the 2nd graders and read the book of short stories to them.

Also, it just happened to be Bob Ross Day in honor of Art Month at Jay Shideler on the day the WRMS students visited.

Spring Break begins for students in the Auburn-Washburn School District on Friday, March 10. Have a safe and relaxing Spring Break week! School resumes for students on Monday, March 20.

Washburn Rural High School


Kansas recently celebrated Career and Technical Education Month. Students and staff from Washburn Rural High School participated in a special CTE Day at the Capitol.

Art Show Kicks Off Friday Night!

Auburn-Washburn Public Schools Foundation

Elementary Artists Pop-Up Art Show Kickoff

In recognition of March as National Youth Art Month, over 200 works of art created by Auburn-Washburn K-6 grade students will sprout in favorite youth locations across the city. They will kick off the traveling art show on March 3 with a Free First Friday Artwalk Private Event for Auburn-Washburn student artists, their family, and friends at the Topeka Zoo from 5-7pm. Each piece of artwork includes a QR code to access more information about the work and artist.

All artwork will remain on display at the zoo through March 19, 2023 and can be viewed during normal business hours with a general admission ticket to the zoo.

On March 20th the art show will travel across Gage Park to the Kansas Discovery Center where it will sprout up for children and families to enjoy until March 31.

During the month of April, the artwork will continue to sprout up all over our community and finally return to each student’s school in May.

This Elementary Artists Pop-Up Art Show project was funded through a grant from the Auburn-Washburn Public Schools Foundation.


Jay Shideler Elementary School

Congratulations to our very own Preetam! He was the overall winner of the 69th Annual County Spelling Bee! We are so proud of you!

Washburn Rural High School

Lock-In Produces Work for First Friday Art Walk

Recently, students from Washburn Rural High School participated in their annual late night art lock-in. The event was hosted by the Stephen Smith Gallery for the second year. Nineteen students from WRHS joined with students from Seaman High School. Each student created two paintings inspired by the show, themed, "Transitions: Point A to Point B." A special opening is planned for the works to be exhibited. In addition, each student will exhibit an additional piece created outside of the lock-in event.

The group exhibition opens Friday, March 3, 2023 for the First Friday Artwalk at the Stephen Smith Gallery from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. The gallery is located at 931 S Kansas Avenue in Topeka. The Stephen Smith Gallery is excited to share this combined themed group exhibition of developing artists.