Public school advocates walk from Merriam to Topeka to bring light to funding struggles

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MERRIAM, Kan. -- A group of local public school advocates will kick off a multi-day walk to Topeka Friday morning.

It's called the "2016 Game On Walk to Topeka" and the group will leave from Chatlain Park and walk 20 miles on Friday.

The purpose of their walk---to raise awareness of the funding struggles in Kansas school districts such as Shawnee Mission.

The group was started four years ago and has grown to having other groups walk from Manhattan and Emporia.

On Saturday the group will leave Eudora and hold rally in Lawrence.  On Monday, the walkers will all join together to walk to the state capitol for a final rally to encourage better school funding.

The route is approximately 65 miles long.

"Yes, I do believe that it is getting the message across," founder of Game On, Heather Ousley, said. "We have more involvement this year than ever before. We have several volunteers walking and several volunteers assisting.   We have three walks this year for the first time ever, the walk from Emporia, the walk from Manhattan. This is an issue affecting all Kansans."

Heather started the walk of 60 miles to Topeka four years ago.