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Route maps for each school available for Walk to School Day

Rochelle Valverde

International Walk to School Day is on Wednesday, and for those who plan to leave the car at home, the safest walking or biking route has been mapped for each elementary and middle school in the district. The maps show students and parents the safest route to their neighborhood school ...

Lied Center names IMPACT award winners

Rochelle Valverde

The Lied Center has named gifted-education teacher Dani Lotton-Barker and jazz musician Branford Marsalis as the 2015-2016 Lied Center IMPACT Award winners. The award honors one artist and one Lawrence educator every season for distinguished service to the performing arts. “We are truly grateful to both of them for helping ...

Nominations open for community MLK awards

Rochelle Valverde

The Lawrence school district is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Awards. This is the second year for the event, in which the public can nominate students, teachers, school staff, community leaders or community groups for one of four awards: MLK Character, MLK Dreamers, MLK Heart ...

The fascinating journey of Lawrence's original school bell

Rochelle Valverde

This may be the most literal application the title of this blog will have. The original bell from Lawrence’s first school received a new home this month. The 1,600-pound bell is now safe in a refurbished case, but prior to that it has had many resting places, including the bottom ...

Lawrence Adult Education Center offering GED practice tests for $1

Rochelle Valverde

As part of a promotion this and next month, students can take the GED practice test for $1 at the Lawrence Adult Education Center, 2145 Louisiana St. The practice test, which is usually $6, will be offered at the reduced price from now until Oct. 31 as part of a ...

New tech education and labs in store for Eudora schools; teacher honored

Rochelle Valverde

Eudora students will soon be able to do some high-tech tinkering. The Eudora school district has been awarded a $25,000 grant to grow robotics, engineering and coding programs at its schools. The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program awarded the grant, which will be used to purchase new lab materials ...

Campaign works to discourage vandalism ahead of Lawrence high schools' rivalry game

Rochelle Valverde

With the rivalry football game between Free State High School and Lawrence High School on Friday, a local coalition is taking steps to discourage the vandalism, including a racial slur, that marked last year’s matchup. In the days leading up to the game, 1,000 T-shirts are being handed out between ...

Registration open for this year's Future City Competition

Rochelle Valverde

As part of this school year’s Future City Competition, students will be asked to think a lot about trash. Specifically, piles of trash waiting to be dumped into landfills, incinerated or hauled off, and what a better process might look like. The theme of this year’s Future City Competition, “Waste ...

German school offers classes for all ages in Lawrence

Rochelle Valverde

For parents who want to introduce their kids early to a foreign language, there’s a bit of Deutschland to be found in Lawrence. For children as young as 4 years old, the [German School of Northeast Kansas][1] offers classes Saturday mornings. The school, now in its fifth year, includes native ...

My visit to the Lawrence College & Career Center

Rochelle Valverde

More than 100 Lawrence high school students wrote their first cover letter this week. Yes, some of them made up the positions they sought and the credentials that qualified them, but nonetheless it was a realistic exercise of a question adults often pose to children: What do you want to ...

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