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40 years ago: City program helped teens find summer work

September 2, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 2, 1971:

  • A front-page photo showed kindergarten teacher Mrs. Billie Rollins greeting her new class of all boys. Broken Arrow had elected to break the classes down to 28 boys in the morning and 24 girls in the afternoon.
  • The city's Summer Teen Employment Program (STEP) had wrapped up a successful year, during which 73 youngsters had found part-time work for the summer. The teens had been paid $1.25 per hour for 10 hours of work per week. Nine of the 27 job placements had happened at Kansas University. Rick Walker, administrative aide for community relations, told a meeting of the Lawrence Human Relations Commission, called the program "humanistic [and] problem-solving," and added, "Those who find it appropriate to resent the presence of the university in the community might do well to take note of this."
  • "Same song, new verse," according to the weather forecast. Conditions in Lawrence were expected to be hot and dry, as they had been for the previous three weeks, "punctuated by an occasional optimistic prediction of a thundershower which always has failed to materialize."

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