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Sundays at 5pmRebroadcast Mondays at 8pm Host: Susan B. Wilson Producer & Co-Host: Sylvia Maria Gross Assistant Producer: Alex Smith Contact: kccurrents@kcur.org or 816.235.6696Follow our Tweets: www.twitter.com/kccurrents For a weekly reminder of what's coming up on KC Currents, send an email to kccurrents@kcur.orgThe Latest From KC CurrentsPlanting New Grocery Stores In Rural Food Deserts Rural America is losing its grocery stores. Fewer people are living in the countryside, and mom-and-pop markets can't compete with big chains. But as KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports, some small towns are finding creative ways to buck the trend. K-State Program Supports Rural Groceries With grocery stores in rural Kansas closing at record speed, having access to healthy food is a growing issue. Sylvia Maria Gross interviews K-State Professor David Proctor about what options are available for small town groceries.

Program Follows Students from Middle School through College

By Sylvia Maria Gross

Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Scholars Incorporated is a college preparation program that follows public school students for 10 years - through middle school, high school and college. The Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City created the program and endowed it with 70 million dollars. It's now an independent organization with a 19-year mandate. The after-school program enrolled its first class in 2003, and now has about 400 students, all from Kansas City Missouri and Kansas City Kansas public schools and charter schools. Kauffman Scholars president Stephen Green tells Sylvia Maria Gross about the program that provides extra academic support for low-income students with potential.


Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
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