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Lawrence school district collecting feedback on troubled Wi-Fi system

Rochelle Valverde

The Lawrence school district is gearing up to make widespread improvements to its issue-plagued Wi-Fi, and district officials are gathering complaints. If you’re a teacher, staff member or student in the district, you’ve likely had firsthand experience with some of the issues: problems with login, dead spots, weak signal and ...

Lawrence Parks and Recreation offers classes to keep kids moving until spring

Rochelle Valverde

Don’t worry if you don’t know what Zumba is (you could think of it like a mix of aerobics and dancing), just know it’s one of a few Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department winter classes to expend your kid’s pent-up energy. Other options to consider include dance and gymnastics, with ...

Lawrence school district to hold Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Thursday

Rochelle Valverde

In nearly 30 years, much has changed since South Junior High students read poems about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But Monday, as South students first did in 1987, young students presented those same poems to honor King on his namesake holiday. In 1987 — a year ...

Lawrence school board finalizes desired characteristics for new superintendent; online public survey still open

Rochelle Valverde

What began as a brainstorm of more than 30 desired characteristics of a superintendent has now been narrowed down and finalized. Members of the Lawrence school board came up with the original list last week, and have since identified the top five and redrafted those to a finished product. The ...

Boys & Girls Club to name Youth of the Year at public ceremony Thursday

Rochelle Valverde

The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence will hold its annual Youth of the Year competition on Thursday. Three Lawrence high school students are candidates for the annual scholarship and recognition program: Marcya' Floyd, a senior at Free State High School; Jazmyne McNair, a junior at Lawrence High School; and ...

Public input sessions and online survey for Lawrence school district's superintendent search begin this week

Rochelle Valverde

This week offers several chances — both in person and online — for the public to give input that will be used in the selection of the next superintendent of the Lawrence school district. Superintendent Rick Doll is leaving at the end of this school year, and the district plans ...

Wednesday after-school program at Prairie Park Nature Center open for registration

Rochelle Valverde

If you’re looking to keep your student active on early-release Wednesdays over the winter, the Prairie Park Nature Center has an option to consider. The nature center’s after-school program, Nature Nuts, is set to begin this week. Nature Nuts: Afterschool Explorations and Crafts will be held from 3 to 4:30 ...

Upcoming winter break activities for kids

Rochelle Valverde

If winter break has your child stir crazy, you might consider some of the following options for getting out of the house. Lawrence Parks and Recreation open gym offers a chance for kids of all ages to get some indoor exercise. For $5, Gymnastics Open Gym is held for two ...

Boys & Girls Club awarded grant to expand STEM programming

Rochelle Valverde

The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence has been awarded a $20,000 grant to expand its STEM club, which will allow for twice as many kids to receive mentoring related to careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The club piloted the STEM programming at Woodlawn and Cordley elementary schools ...

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence to host Parents Night Out on Friday

Rochelle Valverde

The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence is offering parents in Lawrence a break this Friday evening. The club is hosting a Parents Night Out, and both club members and nonmembers are welcome. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade can attend the event, which will include dinner, crafts and games. ...

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