Kahlyn Heine was a native of the Clinton community. She was an extraordinary and beloved daughter, sister, and friend, whose frequent beautiful smiles and goofy humor brought joy to all who knew her.
Kahlyn was a graduate of Lawrence High School and Washburn University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and had been inducted into Mortar Board. While a student in Lawrence Kahlyn was an active member of the LHS orchestra and choir. She was very active with Douglas County 4-H, having been a member of the Clinton Eagles 4-H Club since she was 7-years old. Kahlyn developed of a love of pigs when she enrolled in the 4-H swine project in 2002. Kahlyn was recognized with the I Dare You Award and the prestigious Key Award while still a junior in high school.
Kahlyn had a passion for helping others, especially children with special needs. Her entire life she aspired to be a special education teacher. She reached that dream when Shawnee Heights Elementary School hired her as a special education teacher for the Fall semester of 2012. Sadly, she was murdered in September of that same year, having had just a few weeks to spend working in her life’s passion.
The friends and family of Kahlyn are holding a 5-K Run/ 5-Block Walk to help raise funds for her scholarship fund. Currently there are two scholarships that honor Kahlyn’s memory, one is given by the Douglas County 4-H Foundation, the other is given at Lawrence High School.
As a care-giver for special needs children and Shawnee Heights teacher as well as an active member of the community, Kahlyn gave fully of her love and talents. Her generosity of spirit, love of people, and contribution to those in need inspire us still.
This event will honor her memory and we hope to continue her legacy of dedication to people and community, both near and far. The Kahlyn Heine Legacy Foundation is a recognized 501c3 in the State of Kansas.
Kahlyn’s favorite bible verse – Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”