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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 ...

Corpus Christi Catholic School awarded statewide academic honor

Rochelle Valverde

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. School administrators said that adjusting ...

Fundraising continues for $300,000 Ryan Gray playground renovation

Rochelle Valverde

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 about $247,000. In January, the Lawrence school board approved up ...

New York Elementary to add butterfly garden

Rochelle Valverde

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 Event][1] program to construct ...

Enrollment open for summer youth volunteer program

Rochelle Valverde

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 donation ...

High school music festival to take place in Lawrence Thursday

Rochelle Valverde

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 the day. Orchestras will perform at ...

Lawrence school board vice president's commentary on Kansas politics gains wide following

Rochelle Valverde

Lawrence school board members don’t tend to shy away from commenting about legislation that affects Kansas school districts, but one board member is taking his commentary to a wider audience. Over the past month, school board Vice President Marcel Harmon has written three pieces for the news and entertainment website ...

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

Rochelle Valverde

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 university, students will ...

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