The state of Kansas will be celebrating its 157th birthday Monday.

The state of Kansas will be celebrating its 157th birthday Monday.

Kansas became a state Jan. 29, 1861.

Local school children will be celebrating the state's birthday, which is commonly called Kansas Day, with various activities.

At Xavier Catholic School, students will be wearing red, white and blue and have lessons related to the state's birthday, according to Principal Evie Porter.

At Lansing Elementary School, a kindergarten teacher will be hosting Kansas activities for students during the morning, according to Nineveh Carvan, community relations coordinator for Lansing public schools.

A number of Kansas Day activities are planned at Anthony Elementary School. Fourth-graders, for example, will be dressing up in clothing similar to what people might have worn in 1861 and doing various activities, according to Jenny Hurley, coordinator of elementary public relations for the Leavenworth public schools.

Activities also are planned for other students at Anthony.