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Joanna Hlavacek (Education reporter)

Joanna Hlavacek is the education reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World.

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The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence will open its new teen center in August after more than two years of planning and fundraising. In this photo, Boys and Girls Club executive director Colby Wilson, left, points out some of the building's features to Free State High School senior Ruth Gathunguri, a Boys and Girls Club staffer and 2018 Boys and Girls Club Kansas Youth of the Year, on June 19, 2018.

Plans for the Boys and Girls Club's new Don and Beverly Gardner Center for Great Futures include a large kitchen for both teaching and culinary use. Staff will use the kitchen, pictured here on June 19, 2018, to prepare and serve dinner every day to 250 kids.

Crews are nearing completing on the Boys and Girls Club's new Don and Beverly Gardner Center for Great Futures, which includes a new makerspace and technology center. The makerspace, pictured here, will house creative pursuits ranging from arts and crafts to design-build projects.

A main feature of the Boys and Girls Club's new Don and Beverly Gardner Center for Great Futures is the 8,000-square-foot gymnasium, pictured here on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

A construction sign marks off the football stadium at Free State High School on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Crews finished stripping the football field of its turf earlier this week as part of the district's $4.57 million turf-replacement renovations at Free State and Lawrence High School. The projects, which began late last month and will continue into late August, will replace turf at both schools' football, soccer, baseball and softball fields.

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