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South Middle School students compete to raise funds for new teen center; lots of Lawrence public school happenings for Friday

Rochelle Valverde

Loose change is not usually highly sought after by teenagers, but parents of sixth-graders at South Middle School may be noticing the contrary. The students have been competing in a “penny war” to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club Teen Center. The students have already raised more than ...

Lawrence Public Library's teen book club lets members write reviews to earn free new releases

Rochelle Valverde

For teens who like to read and write (and also like free books), the Lawrence Public Library has a book club that combines all of the above. This is the second and final year for the Teens’ Top Ten Book Club at the library, which allows participants to read (and ...

Lawrence students leave the classroom for the courtroom in re-enactment of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Rochelle Valverde

High school students filed into the old courtroom at the Douglas County Courthouse Wednesday morning, and took their seats as jury members at a trial that has played out many times before. Usually, the trial that is central to the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” proceeds with the turn of ...

New open gym session to be held early-release Wednesdays

Rochelle Valverde

There is a new gymnastics open gym time for early-release day from Lawrence public schools. Open gym for children ages 6-12 will be held on Wednesdays from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane. During open gym, children can work on the bars, balance beams, ...

Free community concert to feature both high school choirs; Lawrence public school happenings for Monday

Rochelle Valverde

Choirs from both Lawrence and Free State high schools will perform a free community concert on Thursday. The concert is celebrating the fact that choirs from both schools were selected to perform at the state music education conference. Lawrence High and Free State are two of just five high school ...

Lawrence school district hosting social media nights for parents

Rochelle Valverde

If the only meaning you know of the words "snap" and "tweet" are something you might hear, you may want to consider attending one of the Lawrence school district’s upcoming social media nights for parents. Because, odds are, there is a lot of tweeting and snapping going on across the ...

Lawrence organizations holding camps for upcoming schools-out days

Rochelle Valverde

Lawrence public school elementary and middle school students have a few days off coming up, and several organizations are offering camps or activities. There is no school for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade on Feb. 19, and no school for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26. Whether ...

Volunteers sought for Lawrence school district's elementary and middle school marathon clubs

Rochelle Valverde

Whether you have the endurance to keep up with the kids in your neighborhood or not, you can still help your neighborhood school’s marathon club. The Lawrence school district’s marathon clubs are holding a meeting Thursday for those interested in volunteering. The coordinators are looking for more volunteers — no ...

Free State to host student discussion on race and the Confederate flag

Rochelle Valverde

A discussion about race and the Confederate flag will be held for Free State High School students Wednesday morning. A Free State student had been displaying the Confederate flag from a makeshift flagpole on his truck that he parked on campus. After about a week of the display, school administration ...

Lawrence advocacy group to host discussion on public education legislation

Rochelle Valverde

Educate Lawrence, a local public education advocacy group, is hosting a discussion next week about legislation affecting K-12 education in Kansas. Funding for Kansas public schools is the biggest category of spending in the state, and several significant changes — consolidation of the number of school districts, merit pay for ...

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