A few weeks ago I posted about Emma getting in trouble at school. I had no idea how many people would read this story. (Hi newcomers! It’s two posts down, by the way.)
Right after the Kansas Day school incident, my father-in-law encouraged me to send Emma’s Jayhawk story over to the President of KSU, Kirk Schulz. I figured why not? He would probably get a chuckle out of it. The worst that could happen was no response.
A week and a half later, I received a sweet email from Mr. Schulz to Emma –
… I hope that Emma will join us in Manhattan in a few years – she will find many like-minded people at K-State!
That was so cool. An email from the President of K-State to put in Emma’s memory box. Emma was happy the “principal” of K-State liked what she did.
The next day, Emma received a package from Manhattan, Kansas. We let her open it. It was a gift from Dr. Pat Bosco, VP for Student Life and Dean of Students.
Emma’s eyes lit up when she saw a huge powercat from K-State! She later pinned these up on her bedroom wall. Scott and I were speechless. What an awesome school to do this for a little girl! Completely made her (and our) day.
That night I received an email from the athletic department. Emma’s story ended up in the AD’s office. I was told that Emma was the hot topic within the department for days. They talked about how nearly every kid in Kansas has been asked to color a Jayhawk in elementary school. And Emma actually said NO. Wildcat nation fell in love with her.
The AD wanted to show Emma a “thank you” for her support of K-State. I got to speak with them today and they asked if her and the family could come to Manhattan on Monday night for the KSU/KU game. Emma will be featured as the “Fan of the Night”. The PA will say a few words about her and her story. Emma is very, very excited. The whole family is very, very excited! She has been to basketball and football games before and loves the entire experience. Emma even gets excited at the mention of just “going to Manhattan”. She asked me if I thought she could meet Willie, the Wildcat. I told her I’m sure K-State could arrange a meeting for her. Then she gave me her Frank Martin “stare”.
This is just crazy. To quote my husband, “I’m so amazed at the generosity of KSU’s administration.” And I would like to say THANK YOU to everyone at K-State. I’m at a loss for words for the amount of support Emma has gotten from this. I honestly had no idea what impact Emma has had. K-State is truly one giant family spread around the world. We have each other’s backs. And I know for a fact Emma will stand up for her family and the CATS whenever she needs to.