Joanna Hlavacek (Education reporter)
Joanna Hlavacek is the education reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World.
- Crops from school gardens are popping up at stores and markets — here’s where to buy them
- June 20, 2018
- If Laura Leonard’s students ever need a good job reference, they know where to turn. It may be summer vacation, but for a handful of current, future and past Liberty Memorial Central Middle School students, there’s still work to be done. It’s mostly the kids — who range from grades 4 to 11 — responsible for maintaining the school’s garden, says Leonard, a sixth-grade English teacher at Central. During the summer, students spend at least a few hours every week in the garden. The kids sign up for shifts; show up to plant, weed and harvest; and then take their produce off to market.
- Inside the Boys & Girls Club’s new teen center; facility set to open in August
- June 19, 2018
- More than two years after fundraising and planning began, the Boys & Girls Club’s $5 million teen center is finally beginning to take shape. Leaders of the organization’s Lawrence branch are hoping to boost enrollment among older kids with the opening of the new facility, officially the Don and Beverly Gardner Center for Great Futures, in August.
- St. John’s Mexican Fiesta slated for Friday, Saturday
- June 18, 2018
- A Lawrence tradition returns this Friday, bringing with it mariachi music, colorfully dressed Mexican dancers and some favorite south-of-the-border foods. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend this weekend’s 38th annual St. John’s Mexican fiesta, slated for 6 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish, 1234 Kentucky St.
- Lawrence couple help homeless donkeys find families through Peaceful Valley rescue project
- June 18, 2018
- It all began on a whim. It ended with Jay and Stacy Ellis sheltering 12 homeless donkeys — and loving every minute of it.
- KU team one of 10 global winners in Boeing’s rotorcraft design competition
- June 15, 2018
- Flying cars may not be so far off, if the Mamba is any indication. A team of aerospace engineering students and faculty at the University of Kansas on Friday unveiled their winning design, titled “Mamba,” for Boeing’s international GoFly competition. The KU entry was recently named one of 10 winners in the contest’s first phase, beating out close to 600 other designs and netting $20,000 in the process.
- After 37 years, ‘Oldsters’ may be coming up on their last dance
- June 15, 2018
- With their home at the Eagles lodge changing ownership this summer, the Oldsters United for Responsible Service will be without a dance hall and will hang up their shoes after 37 years together.
- Crews start work on district’s $4.57M turf replacement at LHS, Free State
- June 14, 2018
- It may not look like much now, but big changes are afoot at Free State High School’s football stadium. Crews have spent the last several days working to remove the field’s nearly 10-year-old turf so that new turf can be laid in the coming weeks.
- Free State alumnus, 19, dies after climbing accident in Wyoming
- June 13, 2018
- A recent Free State High School alumnus died Sunday after an apparent accident at a Wyoming campground.
- KU Natural History Museum to launch fundraiser for replacement of iconic grotesques; public events planned
- June 12, 2018
- For the first time in 115 years, the public will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the mythical beasts that have long stood guard along the University of Kansas Natural History Museum roofline. Dyche Hall’s eight grotesques — like gargoyles but without water spouts — were removed from the building’s façade last fall after years of erosion made them irreparable, museum staff say. The mythical creatures, designed by artist Joseph Frazee around the turn of the 20th century and hand-carved out of soft limestone, were installed at KU’s Natural History Museum in 1903.