Karen Godfrey, president of the Kansas National Education Association, speaks Tuesday at a tree legacy planting ceremony at 10th Avenue Park. The tree was planted in honor of KNEA's 150th anniversary. The organization was established in Leavenworth.
Thirty-four teachers gathered in 1863 at Sixth and Osage streets to establish the Kansas State Teachers Association, which today is the KNEA. The KNEA now has about 25,000 members.
Godfrey said she hopes KNEA members can return to the tree to celebrate the organization's 200th and 250th anniversaries and beyond. "Our passion is education and children, and we intend to stay focused on those for another 150 years at least," she said.