The Capital-Journal story praised Conard's extensive work with project-based learning as well as the center's outreach of now more than a half-million students.
The article also cited the ongoing phenomenon of the "Life in a Jar/Irena Sendler" project and other ventures about the Osage Indians and the Little Rock Nine. A Catholic social worker in Poland, Sendler saved some 2,500 Jewish children from the Holocaust. "Life in a Jar" is the story of her life and has been developed into a play that has been staged hundreds of times nationwide.
Conard joins an elite group of other Distinguished Kansans, including Wichita filmmaker Brian Schodorf, Topeka minister and missionary Max Manning and Melissa Jarboe, a military widow who started a foundation to help troops returning home from combat with brain injuries.
"I am honored to be included in such a tremendous group of Kansans," Conard said.
"The outreach and impact of the Lowell Milken Center has exceeded even my expectations. We are ready for 2013," he said in the release.
Now in its sixth year, the Lowell Milken Center discovers, develops and communicates the stories of unsung heroes who have made a profound and positive difference on the course of history. Through student-driven project-based learning, people nation and worldwide learn that everyone has the responsibility and power to take actions that "repair the world" by improving the lives of others. These projects take the form of performances, documentaries and websites to exhibits and other creative ideas, the release said.
LMC also provides support such as project development, critiques, primary research and interview assistance to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers and students. The Lowell Milken Center has reached more 5,000 students and over 575,000 schools in all 50 states, with involvement growing worldwide. For more information, visit www.lowellmilkencenter.org.