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

Rochelle Valverde

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 math teacher continues success on reality competition show ‘Strong’; watch party to be held on Thursday

Rochelle Valverde

In case you haven’t been following along, the Lawrence algebra teacher who took part in a competitive reality show is still in the running after six episodes. Liberty Memorial Central Middle School algebra teacher [Brittany Harrell-Miller recently took part in the reality show "Strong."][1] The show premiered last month on ...

Registration now open for summer camps at Prairie Park Nature Center

Rochelle Valverde

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 and archery. The program ...

Signup extended for Lawrence school district's summer band camps

Rochelle Valverde

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. Students entering seventh grade can enroll ...

Summer bus passes for students now on sale

Rochelle Valverde

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 rides ...

Student art on display at Lawrence Arts Center

Rochelle Valverde

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 district’s schools. The ...

Bike to School Day set for Wednesday

Rochelle Valverde

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 Day. Lawrence ...

Community input meetings to be held regarding traffic issues at three elementary schools

Rochelle Valverde

Parents will soon have the chance to offer their input about traffic and parking near three elementary schools in the Lawrence district. Starting next week, the city and school district are hosting public meetings with parents and neighborhood residents regarding traffic flow and parking at Cordley, Langston Hughes and New ...

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

Rochelle Valverde

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 project’s completion, Sunset ...

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

Rochelle Valverde

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 “through the mind, body and soul.” The ...

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