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Free youth ultimate frisbee clinic to be held Saturday

If you’re looking for a way for your kid to enjoy the spring weather this weekend, learning a new sport could offer such a chance. The second annual Lawrence Youth Ultimate Spring Clinic will be Saturday. The clinic is open to kids ages 8 to 18, and is hosted by the Kansas University ...

Expo for special needs students to be held Wednesday

An expo for students with special needs and their families will be held at Free State High School on Wednesday. The Community Resource Expo connects families with area service providers, organizations and support groups. Attendees can find more information on a dozen topics, including ...

Free State High School students recognized at digital media competition

Digital projects made by five Free State High School students were recognized over the weekend at the [eMagine Media Festival][1]. The festival gives awards to high school digital media students in four categories: video, animation, Web design and graphic design. Each category has ...

Lawrence High School teacher wins KU education award

Emily Roberts may have graduated from Lawrence High School four years ago, but as she approached her college graduation, a teacher she had at LHS was still on her mind. Roberts nominated her high school English teacher William Patterson for the Wolfe Teaching Excellence Award given by the ...

Kindergarten Roundup for Lawrence public schools to start next week

It’s nearing time for the class of 2029 to start kindergarten, and the Lawrence public school district will begin hosting “Kindergarten Roundups” next week. Roundups will be held at the district’s 14 elementary schools throughout April and May, with the first to be held at Langston ...

Cans for the Community collections to benefit Lawrence public schools

Lawrence-based nonprofit Cans for the Community will be raising money to benefit the Lawrence school district next month. Starting April 1, the organization will begin its 5,000-Pound Can Challenge, the goal of which is to collect 5,000 pounds — the equivalent of about 165,000 cans — of ...

BrainFood book drive collecting donations for low-income elementary students

There is still some time to donate new and gently used books to low-income elementary school children in Lawrence. Several schools in town — including St. John’s Catholic School, Deerfield, Lawrence and Free State high schools, and Central, Southwest, and West middle schools — have ...

Lawrence Boys & Girls Club member honored at Statehouse

A Lawrence teen was recognized at the Kansas Statehouse this week. After [winning Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Youth of the Year competition][1], Jazmyne McNair went on to win the state competition in March. McNair was recognized on the floor of the House and the Senate on Monday, ...

Proposed Westar Energy plan would mean higher fees for Lawrence school district

A proposed Westar Energy rate plan would increase energy transmission charges for school districts by 29 percent. That rate increase would amount to more than $37,000 per year for the Lawrence school district, according to Kathy Johnson, director of finance for the district. Johnson ...

Several Lawrence chess teams win big at state tournament

Some Lawrence students will be bringing trophies back to school as they return from spring break. At each level of the Kansas Scholastic Chess Association state tournament — elementary, middle and high school — Lawrence students earned either first or second place. Students from ...

‘Rally for Public Education’ to be held on Saturday

Educate Lawrence, a local public education advocacy group, is hosting a rally in South Park on Saturday. The second annual “Rally for Public Education” will begin at 12:30 p.m. Participants will welcome those walking from Kansas City to Topeka to raise awareness of funding and policy ...

Lawrence organizations holding a variety of camps for spring break

All grade levels of Lawrence Public Schools will be closed next week for spring break, and several organizations around town are offering activities ranging from Legos to rock-n-roll to keep kids busy. Middle and high school students also have no school this Friday, but school is in session ...

Lawrence Schools Foundation celebrating 30th anniversary

A charity that benefits the Lawrence school district is holding an open house Tuesday to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The Lawrence Schools Foundation raises money to benefit educational programs within Lawrence public schools. The event will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the ...

Disc golf course for kids in the works

Lawrence will soon have a disc golf course more fitting for kids and families. The Quail Run Elementary School PTO raised funds to purchase the disc golf course for the school grounds, located at 1130 Inverness Drive. The course will be open to the public after school hours. The course ...

See/Saw Festival to include youth events at Lawrence Public Library

This weekend’s See/Saw Festival will screen about a dozen films, including several for children and teens. The festival — a project of Kansas University Professionals for Inclusion and Social Justice in the KU Department of Special Education — sets out to encourage dialogue about ...

Lawrence teacher selected for statewide teaching award

A Lawrence High School teacher has been named a Kansas Master Teacher. Keri Lauxman, who teaches English at LHS, is one of seven members of the 2016 class of Kansas Master Teachers announced Wednesday. The award is presented annually by Emporia State University “to teachers who have ...

Lawrence school district prepares to launch first openly sourced class

Several district administrators and teachers participated in a conference on open source material in education last week as the district prepares to roll out its first class using only open sources. The conference was part of a U.S. Department of Education campaign, #GoOpen, to encourage ...