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Lawrence school district collecting feedback on troubled Wi-Fi system

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 ...

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

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 a ...

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

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 after the first ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

Upcoming winter break activities for kids

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 age groups at two ...

Boys & Girls Club awarded grant to expand STEM programming

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 ...

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

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 ...

Carnival of Chemistry offers free event for families

If you have a young chemist on your hands — perhaps tinkering with baking soda or cornstarch at home — this weekend offers a chance for kids and their parents to experiment in a real science lab. The Kansas University Department of Chemistry and the KU Chem Club are hosting the Carnival ...

Several Lawrence schools extend library hours

After a few new curriculum adoptions this school year, [almost all students in the Lawrence school district now have digital textbooks][1] for at least one subject. Several school libraries have recently extended their hours before or after school to offer students more access to computers and ...

Library’s multicultural storytime back in session, looking for volunteers

Look no further than the Lawrence Public Library’s reading room if you’d like your child to learn firsthand about another culture. Presenters from countries such as Bulgaria, Greece and Italy will be taking part in the recently reinitiated multicultural storytime at the library, 707 Vermont ...

Tips for safe trick-or-treating

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

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 ...

Cordley mural gets new paint, tells old story

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 ...