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Meeting for parents of LGBT students to be held Thursday

Rochelle Valverde

There will be an informal meeting for parents of LGBT students in the Lawrence school district Thursday evening, with the goal of forming a support group of local parents. Lawrence schools Superintendent Rick Doll and Sonja Feist, president of the Lawrence/Topeka chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and ...

Big Brothers Big Sisters honors donors, volunteers

Rochelle Valverde

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County is recognizing several local businesses and individual volunteers for their contributions to its mentorship program. BBBS provides one-to-one mentoring to more than 250 children throughout Lawrence. “We are grateful to the corporations, foundations and individuals whose generosity allows us to provide youth facing ...

Eudora Schools Foundation awards grants for innovative learning projects

Rochelle Valverde

The Eudora Schools Foundation awarded nine grants totaling more than $6,000 last week to fund projects that include a "bike lab" with exercise bikes to ride while reading, a weather lab for making weather observations and predictions, and a radioactivity monitor that can be used for carbon dating. "We support ...

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 ...

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