Lawrence High students meet presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

Students from the Lawrence High School Young Democrats club got to see the political process up close Wednesday.

Members of the club arrived early in the morning to ensure they’d be able to see Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Sanders gave a midday speech at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Mo.

Attendees numbered several thousand for the speech, which focused on Sanders’ usual themes of economic inequality, according to the Kansas City Star.

Student clubs in the district are teacher-sponsored, but the club sponsor, LHS English teacher Jon Harrison, said though the trip came about because of the school club, it was entirely a student-organized effort.

After arriving early, the students stayed late, affording them a chance to get a photo with Sanders, who also signed the club’s sign, according to tweets from the school’s student newspaper. The newspaper, The Budget, also sent students to the rally.

The club took 15 students to the rally, according to club president Emma Posler. She said they left at 5:30 a.m. and waited outside all day in order to get front row seats.

There are dozens of clubs at each high school, as well as several at each middle school. Check out the links below for a full listing of options.

Middle School Links (Under “Activities” tab):

– [Liberty Memorial Central Middle
South Middle School
Southwest Middle School
West Middle School

High School Links:

Lawrence High School
Free State High School

In other news and notes:

Elementary schools are not in
session for parent-teacher
conferences today and Friday.

Liberty Memorial Central Middle School will have its winter play
from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Free State High School Chamber Choir will perform at the Kansas
Music Educators Association
convention. The choir will perform at
the Century II Convention Center in
Wichita at 2:30 p.m.

Lunch menu options for Thursday:

Middle school level
Main dish: lasagna with breadstick; parfait with muffin; peanut butter and jelly with string cheese; chef salad with breadstick; hamburger, grilled cheese
Sides: steamed carrots, peaches, fruit juice, creamy tomato soup, salad bar, fresh fruit, milk

High school level
Main dish: lasagna with breadstick; pasta fazool; deli bar; pizza; cereal with string cheese; parfait with muffin; veggie shaker; peanut butter and jelly with string cheese; chef salad with breadstick; daily sandwiches

Sides: steamed carrots, marinated mushroom salad, peaches, fresh fruit, fruit sorbet, fruit juice, oven potatoes, salad bar, cream of broccoli soup, milk