Lawrence educators kicked off American Education Week with a reception Friday afternoon at the Adams Alumni Center.
At the reception, each of the Lawrence public schools honored a local person that contributes to the school, with a "Friends of Education" award.
The list of award winners included parents and other local people who are frequent contributors to local public education.
Don Gardner, a crime prevention officer with the Lawrence Police Department, was chosen by Lawrence High School. He speaks to business law classes and also plays McGruff, the crime fighting dog, in visits to elementary schools.
Gerry Riley, a drug and alcohol intervention specialist at DCCCA, was also chosen for an award by the LHS Extension Program. He leads five student support groups in the district and is also involved in other aspects of drug and alcohol prevention education.
THE OTHER winners were Nancy Rumsey, from Broken Arrow School; Holly Sergeant, from Centennial School; Serena West, from Cordley School; Pam Borchardt, from Deerfield School; Vicki Taylor, from East Heights School; Patti Spencer-Scheurich, from Grant School; Connie Sollars, from Hillcrest School; Amy Kitsmiller, from India-Kaw Valley; Linda Brey, from Kennedy School; Charles Gruber, from New York School; Dorothea and Gordon Anderson, from Pinckney School;
Nan Axcell, from Quail Run School; Chris Johnson, from Riverside School; Kay Rytting, from Schwegler School; Donna Reynolds, from Sunset Hill School; Theresa Morgan, from Wakarusa Valley School; Marianne Hadl, from Woodlawn School; Sandra Drake, from Central Junior High School; Pat Sublett, from South Junior High School; Steve Jansen, from West Junior High School; and members of the area Extension Homemakers Units, 4-H clubs and members of the Phenix Club.
THE THEME OF this year's American Education Week is "Learning and Liberty: Our Roots, Our Future." Throughout the week, schools all over the district have planned certain kinds of activities for the different days. Monday is "student day," Tuesday is "parent day," Wednesday is set aside to honor support personnel in the district, Thursday is retired teacher day and Friday is teacher day.
Throughout the week, many of the schools have planned "miniclasses" for parents.