Monday 25th January 2021

Pack the Backpack Holiday Edition: Farren Johnson

Pack the Backpack Holiday Edition, presented by Central Office Supply, a division of Minuteman, generous employees at Lenox in Marshalltwon and Kix 101.1! Each Wednesday in December, we will be awarding $101 to a Kix Country classroom to help out with supplies this holiday season. You can listen to each new winner on Wednesday at 8:30a on the Morning Kix Start.

Our 3rd Pack the Backpack Holiday Edition winner is Farren Johnson, Art Teacher in the Grinnell School District. She was nominated by fellow teacher, Ashley Wolfe:

Hello Kix Pack the Backpack,

I would like to nominate Mrs. Farren Johnson at Grinnell Elementary Schools. Mrs. Johnson is the art teacher for three elementary schools in our district. That’s a lot of kids she has the opportunity to work with and inspire using art! However, the pandemic has brought on new challenges for her. Art students are now asked to provide their own art supplies. As we all know the pandemic has also been hard on many families making them unable to provide these requested art supplies for their children. Last week Mrs. Johnson sent an email “begging” for clay, watercolors, markers, paint brushes, etc. that she is still lacking for every kid to have their own supplies for class. I know she would be more than grateful to win the Kix 101 Pack the Backpack! I have seen her do amazing things, especially with my unartistic sons 🙂 Please consider Miss Johnson for this month’s contest.

Thank you,
Ashley Wolfe

Take a listen to our interview with Farren below!

Nominate your Kix Country class by submitting a letter to us at


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