Sandhill Plum is official state fruit of Kansas 

More than 400 fourth and fifth graders from across 24 Kansas schools participated in an election to select the Kansas state fruit.

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Governor Laura Kelly signed House Bill 2644, designating the Sandhill Plum as the state fruit of Kansas, on Tuesday, April 12. The efforts to pass this legislation began in 2021 when more than 400 fourth- and fifth-grade students from 24 different schools participated in a process that included writing essays, sending letters to state representatives, and voting to determine what they believed should be the designated state fruit for Kansas.

“I am proud of the efforts put forth by the students from Sabetha Elementary School and beyond,” Governor Kelly said. “Hundreds of bills are introduced each legislative session, but not all of them make it to this point. It’s a shining example of what hard work and determination can truly accomplish at any age.”

Ten students testified virtually in March on behalf of HB2644 in front of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee. The students from Sabetha Elementary School, who started this process, were in attendance to witness this bill become law.

The Sandhill Plum beat out the Red Mulberry, the American Persimmon and the Gooseberry. More information about HB2644 can be found at http://www.kslegislature.org.

Students Halle Renyer and Thomas Richardson pose for a picture with fourth grade teacher Jobi Wertenberger, Governor Laura Kelly, House Representative Randy Garber and House Representative Lisa Moser at the signing of House Bill 2644, designating the Sandhill Plum as the state fruit of Kansas, on Tuesday, April 12.
Students, teachers and Kansas Representatives gather around Governor Laura Kelly after she signs House Bill 2644 into law, which designates the Sandhill Plum as the official state fruit of Kansas, on Tuesday, April 12.
Governor Laura Kelly signs the Fruit Bill – House Bill 2644 – as students watch on Tuesday, April 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lillian Sargent shakes hands with Governor Laura Kelly at the signing of House Bill 2644 on Tuesday, April 12.
Halle Scoby meets Governor Laura Kelly at the Topeka Capitol Building during the signing of House Bill 2644, designating the Sandhill Plum as the official state fruit of Kansas, on Tuesday, April 12.
Students, teachers and Kansas Representatives gather around Governor Laura Kelly after she signs House Bill 2644 into law, which designates the Sandhill Plum as the official state fruit of Kansas, on Tuesday, April 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students gather in the Topeka Capitol Building to watch Governor Laura Kelly sign House Bill 2644 into law, which designates the Sandhill Plum as the official state fruit of Kansas, on Tuesday, April 12.
Students, teachers and Kansas Representatives gather around Governor Laura Kelly after she signs House Bill 2644 into law, which designates the Sandhill Plum as the official state fruit of Kansas, on Tuesday, April 12.
Governor Laura Kelly shakes hands with students and teachers after she signs House Bill 2644 into law, which designates the Sandhill Plum as the official state fruit of Kansas, on Tuesday, April 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students, teachers and Kansas Representatives gather around Governor Laura Kelly after she signs House Bill 2644 into law, which designates the Sandhill Plum as the official state fruit of Kansas, on Tuesday, April 12.
Students, teachers and Kansas Representatives gather around Governor Laura Kelly after she signs House Bill 2644 into law, which designates the Sandhill Plum as the official state fruit of Kansas, on Tuesday, April 12.
Fourth and fifth grade students from Sabetha Elementary gather in the Topeka Capitol Building to watch Governor Laura Kelly sign House Bill 2644, designating the Sandhill Plum as the official state fruit of Kansas, on Tuesday, April 12.

 

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