First Bell

Local storyteller to perform at Lawrence Public Library

Local storyteller Priscilla Howe will have two performances on Thursday at the Lawrence Public Library. Howe, a former children's librarian, has been a full-time storyteller and puppeteer since 1993, according to her [website][1]. Howe has performed in schools, libraries, conferences, ...

Lawrence Summer Food Program to begin Monday

The Lawrence Summer Food Program begins serving free meals for youths on Monday. The program, which offers free breakfast and lunch, is hoping to serve more people with its recently added site at the Lawrence Public Library Plaza. “The Lawrence Public Library is probably the one we’re ...

Lawrence math teacher reflects on experience on national reality show

After six months of not being able to talk about the final outcome of her run on a national reality show, the finale on Thursday at least offered Lawrence math teacher Brittany Harrell-Miller some relief. “It was nice to finally get to this point and no longer have to keep a secret,” ...

Details for last day of school and graduation for Lawrence school district

The last week of school in the Lawrence district is upon us, bringing the start of summer vacation as well as graduation ceremonies for high school seniors. Here are some details for the coming days: • The last day of school for students in kindergarten through 11th grade in the Lawrence ...

Registration now open for summer camps at Prairie Park Nature Center

If you’d like your child to get some outdoor exercise this summer, the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department has some options coming up. The Prairie Park Nature Center will hold weekly summer adventure camps beginning in June. The camps include various themes, such as fishing, canoeing ...

Signup extended for Lawrence school district’s summer band camps

If you missed the signup for the Lawrence school district’s summer music instruction programs, you’re in luck. Deadlines for all three district programs have been extended until May 25. For beginners, the summer novice program is open to students entering fifth and sixth grades. ...

Summer bus passes for students now on sale

Summer in Lawrence offers various activities for kids around town, and getting to and from those events will soon be a little bit easier. Summer bus passes for students are now on sale at several locations around town. For $10, students in kindergarten through 12th grade can have unlimited ...

Student art on display at Lawrence Arts Center

Public art exhibits are pretty commonplace in Lawrence, but it isn’t every day that the city’s youngest artists have the chance to showcase their work. The Lawrence Arts Center is currently hosting the school district’s annual art show, which includes student art from all 20 of the ...

Bike to School Day set for Wednesday

If the spring weather isn’t motivation enough, this week offers another good reason to choose the bike over the car for the ride to school. The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is encouraging students to walk or bike to school on Wednesday in celebration of National Bike to School ...

Sunset Hill Elementary to host open house after $9.6 million renovation

The results of the most extensive of the Lawrence school district’s construction projects will be on display this Friday. At more than $9.6 million in renovations and additions, the project at Sunset Hill Elementary had the highest price tag of the district’s 21 schools. To celebrate the ...

Sunflower Elementary Boys & Girls Club awarded $5,000 grant

The Sunflower Elementary Boys & Girls Club has been awarded a $5,000 grant to fund a health and fitness program. The $5,000 Focus Grant provides club participants with programming that supports a healthy, active lifestyle. The program, Triple Play, focuses on being healthy ...

Corpus Christi Catholic School awarded statewide academic honor

The only school in Lawrence to receive this year’s Kansas Governor’s Achievement Award is Corpus Christi Catholic School, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway. The award honors the top-performing schools in the state. Corpus Christi was one of 36 elementary schools in Kansas to receive the honor. ...

Fundraising continues for $300,000 Ryan Gray playground renovation

Fundraising is still in progress to replace the handicap-accessible playground at Hillcrest Elementary School, 1045 Hilltop Drive. New specially designed equipment will make almost the entire playground accessible and include various wheelchair transfer sites. The bid for the project is ...

New York Elementary to add butterfly garden

Students at New York Elementary School are hoping for some airborne visitors this spring after first steps have been taken to create a butterfly garden for the school, 936 New York St. Over the weekend, school families and staff worked alongside volunteers with [Kansas University’s Big ...

Enrollment open for summer youth volunteer program

A local volunteer program is offering youths a way to stay busy this summer by helping the community. Summer of Service lets participants volunteer with several local organizations over an eight-week period. The program is run by the Sunrise Project and open to youths ages 12 to 18. A ...

High school music festival to take place in Lawrence Thursday

Lawrence will be playing host to a variety of high school musicians on Thursday. The Kansas State High School Activities Association Large Group Music Festival is bringing musicians from across the state to Lawrence to perform. Orchestras, bands and choirs will all perform throughout ...

Lawrence high schools to host orientations for concurrent-credit college courses

Orientation sessions for students interested in earning college credit while still in high school are coming up next week. If your student is interested, there is still some time to look over available classes or talk with counselors ahead of orientation. Before enrolling with a college or ...