Lawrence public schools gave awards to community members who sew the extra stitch for education.
Years from now, parents and children might wonder who made the hand-sewn banners that tell visitors where the "Trailblazers," "Scouts," "Pioneers" and "Explorers" age groups are at Sunflower School.
During a ceremony Tuesday night, Janet Broers, Sunflower principal, recognized the parent and the grandparent who were responsible as part of the annual "Friends of Education" awards.
Lou Davis, mother of a fifth-grader at Sunflower, and her mother, Lou Dhans, worked on the banners for three weeks, using 37 yards of material. The largest banner, which hangs 31 inches by 48 inches, is one for physical education.
"I stand behind our schools," Davis said. "When something needs to be done, I'll do it."
She admitted that she's not the best seamstress.
"Mom did all the sewing," she said.
Each school honored an individual, a couple or, in one case, a project. The honorees and the schools that honored them are:
Matt Stein, Lawrence High School; Lance W. Rombough, Lawrence Alternative High School; Parent Empowerment Project, Central Junior High; Jim Lewis, South Junior High; Mike Malone, West Junior High; Linda and Paul Crabb, Broken Arrow School; Diane Karpowitz, Centennial School.
Also: Julie Barnard, Cordley School; Marilyn Zerwekh, Deerfield School; Karen Courtwright and Molly Porter, East Heights School; Richard and Jane Bireta, Grant School; Deb Rake, Hillcrest School; Thomas and Caryn Morgan, Kennedy School; Marla and Dana Adkins-Heljeson; Sheila Showalter, Pinckney School.
Also: Mike Heffner, Prairie Park School; LeAnn Towner, Quail Run School; Duane and Debbie Filkins, Riverside School; Dr. John Bradley, Schwegler School; Lou Dhans and Lou Davis, Sunflower School; Barbara Rich, Sunset Hill School; Lon and Lynn Akerberg, Wakarusa Valley School; Galen and Cheryl Gillaspie; Ron Hurst, Service Center; and Alice Lafrenz, Lawrence Schools Area Council.