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In September 2012, Katherine Dickson and her family opened the gates of the 69 Ranch near Maryneal to fourth grade students from Roscoe, Highland and Blackwell to engage them in the Kids on the Land (KOL) program. Peggy Maddox, former Sweetwater Independent School District SEEK teacher and now Director of Kids of the Land program for Holistic Management International developed the program which provides a day of hands-on activities to help students reconnect to the land where they live. This year the Nolan County Soil and Water Conservation District made a donation to this program and fully supports the mission of KOL and the concept of bringing agriculture education to life while out on the land. The program will be expanded this year to include both fourth and fifth grades on Sept. 18 and 19.