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Archive for Saturday, September 10, 2011

25 years ago: USD 497 launches trial program for counseling in schools

September 10, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 10, 1986:

  • Family and friends were mourning the death of Paul Childs, a 21-year-old Kansas University senior in pre-med. Childs had died after sustaining serious injuries in a collision. He had been participating in the bicycling segment of the Baptist Memorial Hospital Triathlon in Lee's Summit, Mo. He had been leading the race and was just three miles from the finish line when he entered an intersection where the police officer, not seeing his approach, had just waved a truck through.
  • The Lawrence school board had voted its unanimous approval to a plan to hire a part-time counselor for East Heights School. Professional counseling services were necessary at the elementary level, said East Heights principal Willie Amison, because of emotional crises stemming from such upheavals as divorce and abuse. East Heights teachers had identified about 30 percent of the student body who might benefit from counseling services. After a trial period of one year, the school board would decide whether to expand the program to other Lawrence elementary schools.

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