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Wear blue to school tomorrow to celebrate the Royals; Safe Sitter class; school-only Lied Center performances

Rochelle Valverde

For those who are considering attending the parade on Tuesday to celebrate the Kansas City Royals’ World Series win, Lawrence schools will be in session as scheduled, according to Lawrence schools spokeswoman Julie Boyle. Lawrence public schools congratulate the Royals and encourage students and staff to wear blue to school ...

Lawrence school district accepting applications for Boundary Advisory Committee, nominations for MLK awards; district administrator honored

Rochelle Valverde

The first couple weeks of November bring a few dates to note for applications, nominations and awards within the Lawrence school district: - Applications are being accepted for the district’s Boundary Advisory Committee. The committee monitors district population shifts and school boundaries to ensure that equity, district growth, budget and ...

Tips for safe trick-or-treating

Rochelle Valverde

Halloween is Saturday, and while the younger ones may be thinking mostly of filling their bags with candy, there are a few reminders for both parents and kids to keep in mind for the holiday. Below are a few basic tips for trick-or-treaters, courtesy of the Lawrence Police Department. - ...

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence members to perform in talent show

Rochelle Valverde

The public is invited as Lawrence youth take center stage this week to celebrate after-school programs. The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence is hosting its annual Lights On Talent Show this evening. One dance squad from every Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence will take the stage to compete ...

Quarter grade reports are in, and the Lawrence Public Library has free programs to help

Rochelle Valverde

If end-of-quarter grade reports and parent-teacher conferences this week have highlighted subjects where your student is struggling, the Lawrence Public Library has a couple of free, ongoing programs that can help. **For younger students**, the Tail Wagging Readers program lets kids practice reading aloud to a dog from Loving Paws ...

Cordley mural gets new paint, tells old story

Rochelle Valverde

History tends to grow dimmer with time, but one story from Lawrence’s past was literally fading with the years. The mural on the exterior wall of Cordley Elementary School, which depicts a story involving the school’s namesake and a runaway slave known as Lizzie, had weathered in the nearly 15 ...

“Recycling Through The Seasons” Calendar Poster Contest; pre-Halloween events for all ages

Rochelle Valverde

If your student wants to put their drawing or painting skills to the test, their work could end up pinned to walls throughout Lawrence next year. As part of a city of Lawrence calendar poster contest, students in four age groups, from kindergarten through 12th grade, can submit an original ...

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 ...

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