Archive for Friday, September 14, 2012

First Bell: Project Graduation looking for organizers; Perry-Lecompton celebrates Constitution Day; Dole archive goes online for students

September 14, 2012


News, et cetera, from schools in and around Douglas County:

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• Free State High School parent Michelle Fales got in touch this week (without putting the two together, I had interviewed her son, Adam) to let me know what's up with Project Graduation.

She's looking for parents to get involved as organizers, and her next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Free State library.

Project Graduation will happen the Wednesday of that graduation week, so May 22.

If you'd like more information about getting involved, you can email Fales at

• Perry-Lecompton schools will have their own brand of Constitution Day celebration next week. At 2 p.m. Monday, Lecompton Constitution Hall State Historic Site re-enactors Tim Rues and Paul Bahmaier will give a presentation at the high school for fifth- through 12th-graders.

Constitution Day is an observance of the signing of the federal constitution in 1787, but Lecompton schools celebrate their local history of the territorial capital.

• Talking of history, the Dole Institute of Politics announced Thursday that it's posting a large collection of materials in an online archive especially for National History Day school projects.

The website provides means to find primary sources, even if they're not online. (It will direct a student to how to find the document in person.) Topics include the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Clean Air Act, the Bosnia war, NAFTA, USAID and others addressed by Sen. Bob Dole.

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