LS Educational Foundation hosts Taste of Lee’s Summit to benefit R-7 schools and students

Annual event raises more than $124,000

The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation hosted the 18th annual Taste of Lee’s Summit on March 4 to raise money in support of excellence in education in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District community. Held at The Pavilion at John Knox Village, the event raised more than $124,000.

The popular event carried the theme “A Festive Evening of Generosity,”  and included both live and silent auctions, the Game Board sponsored by Rockhill Orthopaedic Specialists, Dine-Around raffle, PLINKO Game, Photo Booth sponsored by Inter State Studio, and an opportunity to help provide classroom PEAK Grants and technology through the Fund-A-Cause portion of the evening which showcased and exceeded a matching $5,000 grant opportunity from the H.B. Oppenheimer Foundation. The Foundation also shared information on how to become a Legacy Donor through estate and/or endowment gifts and unveiled an estate gift from Jim Noel which included an endowed engineering scholarship to be awarded this May and a matching grant endowment for engineering-related grants. Mr. Noel also left his 300+ acre farm near Lone Jack to the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation. To view a video of Mr. Noel’s life and generosity, see  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrXzTFKj6mM&t=33s.

More than 550 guests and 75 volunteers, including Music Parents from each high school and from Great Beginnings Early Education Center, also had the opportunity to sample cuisine from the following businesses: Andy’s Frozen Custard, Costa Vida, Edible Arrangements, The Egg & I, Fig Tree Cafe and Bakery, Jason’s Deli, Llywelyn’s Pub, Longboards Wraps & Bowls,  Longhorn Steakhouse, Outback Steakhouse, Summit Hickory Pit BBQ, Third Street Social, Jazzy B’s, Waldo Pizza, County Beverage Company, Hy-Vee and Post Coffee Company.

Volunteer event co-chairs were Bill Baird and Chip Moxley, and the live auctioneer was Todd Hertzog, Hertzog Auction Co. and Lee’s Summit High School alum.  A number of area individuals and organizations also generously helped sponsor Taste of Lee’s Summit, including annual Friends of the Foundation Sponsors at five different participation levels plus Taste of Lee’s Summit Event Sponsors.   

Legacy  Sponsor includes H.B. Oppenheimer Foundation.

Superintendent’s Circle Sponsors include CCR Roofing, JE Dunn, Larry and Trish Frevert, Bob and Marlese Gourley, Major Saver, Meyer Music, McCownGordon Construction, Jane and Bob Rutherford, Chris and Audra Storms and Tingle Flooring.

Benefactor Sponsors include George K. Baum & Co., CBIZ, CEAH Realtors, Control Service Co., GEHA, Gilmore & Bell, P.C., Landers’ Visions, Metcraft Industries, Paradise Park, Adam and Amy Rutherford, Saint Luke’s East Hospital.

Leader Sponsors include Atcheson Lawn and Landscape, Bill and Hillory Baird, Capital Construction, Central Bank of the Midwest, Commerce Bank, Phyllis and Jim Edson, Flooring and More, Hollis + Miller Architects, Parrot Properties, Stu and Teera Rogers, Doctors Orth and Beth Rosemergey, Steppin’ Out – The Studio, Jim and Mary Stilley, Spencer Fane LLP, Summit Bank of Kansas City, UCM-Lee’s Summit, UMB Financial Corp., Greg and Anna Vahrenberg and Bob and Candy White.

Scholar Sponsors include B&B Theatres, John Beaudoin, Dr. Brent Blevins, David Boulden, Steve and Patti Buie, Chinnery Evans & Nail, Dr. Katie Collier, DLR Group, Dr. Kevin Daniel, Brian and Sheryl Franke, Kim Fritchie, Carol Germano, Dr. Judy Hedrick, Keith Henry, Tricia Hile, Dr. Janette Miller, Rosalie Newkirk, Tim and Janice Phelan and Summit Custom Homes.

Event Sponsors include Rockhill Orthopaedic Specialists, Hertzog Auction Co., Hy-Vee, County Beverage Company, Inc. and Konica Minolta.

The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation is a non-profit, 501c3 organization established to raise and manage resources in order to expand and initiate educational opportunities for Lee’s Summit R-7 students and staff. For more information, contact Sheryl Franke, Foundation Director at 816-986-1015 or visit www.lsedfoundation.com.

Pam Henry (left) and Sue Jacobi volunteering at Taste of Lee’s Summit.

 

 

 

 

 

Chip Moxley on the stage at Taste of Lee’s Summit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Baird on the stage at Taste of Lee’s Summit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Robert “Bud” and Betty Hertzog at Taste of Lee’s Summit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candy and Bob White check out silent auction items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter, 2017-18 superintendent, at Taste of Lee’s Summit with his wife, Dr. LaQuanda Carpenter.

 

 

 

 

 

Guests sampled cuisine from a variety of local restaurants, including Third Street Social (pictured).

Optimists recognize elementary “super citizens” for November

Elementary student winners of the November Optimist Super Citizen Award were recognized recently at Lee’s Summit R-7 grade schools.

The award is presented monthly to students in R-7 elementary schools. Mason Elementary School conducts a monthly “Character Counts” awards program in cooperation with the Lake Lotawana Optimist Club, and these winners are recognized in separate articles.

Super Citizen winners are selected by teachers based on criteria set by the Optimist Club and the school staff. The award is usually based on the Optimist Creed, although each school’s staff may determine criteria for some months.

Students receive the award from Optimist members during either a PTA meeting or another school presentation. The Optimist Club is a local civic organization dedicated to youth. It meets weekly and is open to both men and women.

Winners (listed in order from kindergarten through sixth grade) are:
Cedar Creek: Owen Mallen, Liam Belzeski, Madelyn Diehl, Logan Schackelford, Kendall Whiteside, Ty Bleckinger and Joanne Amimo.
Greenwood: Tanner Marx, Charlotte Fosno, Sarah Fernandez, Tyler Jacobs, Kayla Stevinson, Jobey Hill and Kameryn Bishop.
Hawthorn Hill: Hannah Lavery, Adelyn Heider, Jackson Palmer, Chase Clement, Olivia Scraggs, Stella Robertson and Stacie McCracken.
Hazel Grove: Nadia McConnell, Teagan Trout, Roman Sheffer, Miley Bruce, Olivia Martinez, Roman Wambugu and Claire Schoonover.
Highland Park: Kaelyn Jerome, Miles Bennaka, Charlie Collier, Zoey Chuba, Addy Graham, John Southard and Danny Schreck.
Lee’s Summit: MariAlice Paszkiewicz, Amir Shelton, Ava Buettner, Mavrick LeGrande, Kayla Hubbard, Ryan Carey and Jaliah Hullaby.
Longview Farm: Lucca Abreu, Harris Johnson, Lance Dahn, Andrew McNiff, Lilia Jones, Allison Spain and Bryson Lyman.
Meadow Lane: Owen Wion, Brice Duty, Marques Salmond, Haeley Baker, Camryn Silvers, Quentin Wrinkle and LaRay McKinley.
Pleasant Lea: Oge Egbuniwe, Riggs Poos, Declan Champ, Lauren Felker, Nora Conard, Haven Anderson and Summer Morrill.
Prairie View: (Due to Prairie View’s large size, two Super Citizen Awards are presented in each grade level each month). First set: Jaelyn Shields, Grayson Hunt, Timothy Beck, Neil Daniels, Elvis Chu and Dylan Barry. Second set: Alexis Rockhold, Shiloh Zabroski, Leata Iatala, Logan Ryan, Corban Zabroski, Jillian Sievers and Aidan Gutierrez.
Richardson: Catori Ruhl, Gabi Szymanski, Alexa Andersen, Lucas Duncan, Abbigail Grubbs, Hailey Baldwin and Xavier Carr.
Summit Pointe: Ramiyah Cox, Chesney Dublinski, Ali Kate Ireland, Ava Burnett, Samuel Darkwah, Addison Jauernig and Jackson Brink.
Sunset Valley: Lillee Melton, Junior Vasquez, Caleb Green, Teagan Easton, Leilani Martin, Jaydan Gipson and Jacob Halford.
Trailridge: Pierce Roth, Noah Jaramillo, Layla Becker, Kim Tran, Dakota Penrod, Drew Dickerson and Maddie Drees.
Underwood: Christopher Adkins, Naomi Randolph, Kori Graves, Addison Toney, Addie Martinez, Taylor Borchers, Simcy Conner and Alexis Clark.
Westview: Mae Burgess, Kearstin Bogart, Savannah Frenking, Mylee Parish, Cheyenne Smith, Daniel Schmidt and Liberty Gentry.
Woodland: Maren Daugherty, Veda Duckworth-Torrez, Livia Snelling, Leilani McCoy Brooks, Brennen Chidester, Kennedy Cramer and Addison Zeiler.

Students receive a certificate, an Optimist Super Citizen T-shirt and certificates for free gifts from local businesses. Parents of winners receive a bumper sticker stating “Parent of an Optimist Super Citizen.”

The award is sponsored by the Lee’s Summit Optimist Club. It is designed to recognize students with varied talents.

BCMS students selected for Be the Change Award

Alexis Nunn and Danny Dennis were selected to receive the Bernard Campbell Middle School Be the Change Award for January. Madison Burton and Vince Hertzog were selected to receive the Be the Change Award for February, and Katelyn Ravasini and Landon Binger were selected for the award for March.

The criteria used for the award includes demonstrating exemplary behavior and displaying a positive attitude in the classroom and hallways, displaying a positive attitude toward teachers and other students, and exhibiting outstanding character at BCMS. The students also received a token of thanks from the school’s business partner, Summit Bank of Kansas City.

Pictured are (from left) Angie Touzinsky of Summit Bank; Madison Burton;  Landon Binger; Katelyn Ravasini; Alexis Nunn; Vince Hertzog; Danny Dennis; Bob Glaser of Summit Bank; and Dr. Sherri Lewis, BCMS principal.

LSNHS seniors named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Students of Year

LSWHS student also earns organization’s Leadership Award

Lee’s Summit North High School seniors Logan French and Ben Durbin were recently named 2017 Students of the Year by the Mid-America Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. According to the society, the organization’s first annual Students of the Year campaign exceeded all expectations with eight candidate teams, comprised of 11 high school students, raising $50,000 to help find cancer cures.

Logan and Ben raised more than $8,600. The students will share a $2,500 college scholarship and Lee’s Summit North’s Science Department received a $2,500 grant.

In addition, Katelyn Colon of Lee’s Summit West High School was awarded the organization’s Leadership Award and received a $500 college scholarship. Katelyn Colon, Savannah Jefferis-Henriques and Nicole Taylor were members of a fundraising team from Lee’s Summit West High School.

“These students are an inspiration. They embody the idea that anyone can make a difference with hard work and dedication,” said Janna LaCock, executive director of the organization’s Mid-America Chapter. “What the candidates were able to achieve in seven weeks is truly amazing, and will have a tremendous impact on the lives of blood cancer patients and their families.”

Participants in fundraising campaigns, like Students of the Year, are helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society make an impact on the lives of cancer patients, not someday, but today. The society is leading the charge in exploring new paths to cures and treatments, with almost 300 cutting-edge research projects underway, many in the promising new areas of immunotherapy and personalized medicine. In addition to finding blood cancer cures, many of the treatments the society has helped fund are now helping patients with other cancers and chronic diseases.

Lee’s Summit R-7 students honored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are (from left) Logan French, Savannah Jefferis-Henriques, Nicole Taylor, Katelyn Colon and Ben Durbin.

LSWHS Science Knowledge Bowl Team captures third at state competition

The Lee’s Summit West High School Science Knowledge Bowl Team won third place in the state competition, held March 4 at Avila University. The team — consisting of senior captain Alex Wood, senior Marie Reuss and juniors Joshua Foster, Tim Nguyen and Cole Perry — finished with a 5-1-1 record.  Team 2 consisting of sophomores Molly Wooster (captain), Stephanie Richardson, Maryam Khalil, Lauren Smith and Grace Stewart finished pool play with a 2-3 record. Pictured are (from left) John Gray, Josh Foster, Cole Perry, Alex Wood, Tim Nguyen and Marie Reuss.

Three Lee’s Summit R-7 teachers named Lee’s Summit VFW Teachers of the Year

Annie Norris, Michael Haase and Tavish Whiting, all Lee’s Summit R-7 teachers, were recently honored through the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

Mrs. Norris, the VFW Elementary Teacher of the Year, is a second-grade teacher at Westview Elementary. Michael Haase, the Middle School Teacher of the Year, is a social studies teacher at Summit Lakes Middle School. Tavish Whiting, the High School Teacher of the Year, teaches American government at Lee’s Summit North High School. All three were selected by the VFW Post 5789 of Lee’s Summit. As the local winners, the three teachers will compete for the Missouri VFW Fifth District Award.

The VFW recognition program honors top teachers throughout the nation. Mrs. Norris was nominated by a community member. Mr. Haase was nominated for the honor by Damon Carr, lead social studies teacher at Summit Lakes. Mr. Whiting was nominated by Tim Collins, LSNHS assistant principal.

Mrs. Norris has worked at Westview Elementary since 2009. Each year, she works with her students on a project to recognize local law enforcement officers and military personnel (both active and veterans) by writing meaningful thank-you letters. Her class also completes a yearly community service project to benefit Heifer International and she serves as her school’s facilitator for Partners In Education. “Annie’s commitment to citizenship and patriotism goes beyond just lessons in class,” stated the nomination form. “She is a dedicated teacher who motivates her students to become involved young citizens.”

“My goal is that every child leaves my room understanding the importance of kindness,” she said. “As a class we discuss and recognize those who serve our communities and our country every day.”

Mr. Haase has served as a social studies teacher at Summit Lakes Middle School since 2004. He also has served on the School Improvement Team and Site-Based Leadership Team and was a co-sponsor of the SLMS Student Council. Before joining the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Mr. Haase served in the United States Army for three years and taught social studies in the Center School District.

“He has a strong sense of purpose and is very proud to be a veteran of the U.S. Army,” stated the nomination form for Mr. Haase. “Michael takes an active role in our school’s yearly Veterans Day activity that honors fallen soldiers in the War on Terror. He is very passionate about U.S. government and teaching students the importance of being responsible citizens. Michael is truly dedicated to the positive and responsible education of the students in his classes.”

Mr. Whiting has worked for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District for 22 years. At LSNHS, he teaches American government, comparative government, contemporary issues and economics. He serves as the coordinator for R-7 Votes, a mock election conducted in all R-7 schools during presidential elections. In addition, Mr. Whiting was  member of the R-7 curriculum writing team for American government, contemporary issues, economics and comparative government; served on the writing team for the state-mandated constitution exams; and has been actively involved in The Missouri Bar Education Program.

Mr. Whiting was praised for his leadership, teaching style, dedication and passion for his subject. “He is willing to continuously work for his students and to set an example for the staff he works alongside,” stated the nomination form. “He is an exceptional role model.”

LS R-7 students earn National Speech and Debate Award

Several Lee’s Summit R-7 students recently earned  the Academic All American Award from the National Speech and Debate Association. Less than 500 students earn this prestigious award each year.

They include Brayden King, Lee’s Summit High School; Jakob Benedetti, Indea Cousin, Peyton Gilbert, Kyle Helm, Simone Jacoby, Maggie O’Connor, Sabrina Owings and Caroline Williams, all Lee’s Summit West High School.

The award recognizes students who have completed at least five semesters of high school; earned the degree of superior distinction in the organization’s honor society (at least 750 merit points); achieved grade-point average and/or test score requirements; and demonstrated outstanding character and leadership.

Music teacher and students present at meeting of retired school staff members

Holly Dahn, vocal music teacher from Pleasant Lea Middle School, discussed music education in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District at the Jacomo Chapter of Missouri Retired Teachers Association on March 1.

She brought four students who performed selections from the upcoming PLMS musical, “The Wizard of Oz.” The students and their roles are Kyle Gerding, the Tin Man; Laney Zornes, the Cowardly Lion; Leah Finch, Dorothy; and Jace Vendelin, the Scarecrow.

Four honorees to be inducted into Lee’s Summit High School Hall of Fame

Four distinguished alumni will be inducted into the Lee’s Summit High School Hall of Fame on April 8 at Lee’s Summit High School. Alumni being honored for the 2016-2017 school year are Lois Rygaard Brayfield, Class of 1978; Robert (Bob) N. Hartnett, Class of 1974; Laurence Pressly, Class of 1949; and Nelson F. “Nikk” Thompson, Class of 1969.

The distinguished alumni will be recognized at the annual LSHS Hall of Fame banquet to be held at 6 p.m. on April 8 at LSHS. Cost per person is $25, and reservations are required.  For more information, please contact the high school at (816) 986-2107 or e-mail to renee.baxter@lsr7.net.

Lee’s Summit High School has inducted distinguished graduates into the school’s Hall of Fame for 21 years. Alumni are inducted each year during a dinner ceremony. Plaques featuring the honorees are also displayed on the wall of fame at Lee’s Summit High School, which is located just outside of the James T. Brockman Lecture Hall.

The LSHS Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee of graduates and staff. Alumni are eligible for this honor 10 years after graduation. Nomination forms for the 2017-2018 school year are available by calling Lee’s Summit High School, (816) 986-2000. They should be returned to the high school at 400 SE Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 64063.

Lois Rygaard Brayfield – Class of 1978

Lois Brayfield, is an award-winning, cross-channel marketer, acknowledged by clients and colleagues alike for her expansive knowledge, both practiced and sophisticated. She knows what works and has the experience to prove it — more than 30 years of studying direct marketing results. She applies this wealth of data to every project and has helped developed an integrated process that ensures campaign effectiveness. As CEO of J.Schmid, she has built a successful company with offices in Kansas City and San Francisco.

Ms. Brayfield has travelled the world, working with leading direct marketers, including Hallmark, Jockey, Reebok, IKEA, American Express, HoneyBaked Ham, Sprint, Brookstone, Sears (Canada), Mark & Spencer (UK) and EziBuy (Australia). She is a current vice president and board member of NEMOA (National Etailing and Mailing Organization of America), Dean of Creative for Catalog University, Advisory Board Member for Target Marketing Magazine and on the Content Curation Committee for the National Direct Marketing Association. Her expertise spans every aspect of the industry — from strategic design and customer experience, merchandise analysis, marketing strategies, brand development and catalog feasibility to start-up strategies and re-positioning.

In 2001 she was named Kansas City’s Direct Marketer of the Year. The Kansas City Direct Marketing Association has proffered their AMBIT Award to her over 100 times, including for Best of Show in 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2007. She has served on KCDMA’s Board of Directors for six years, and was the fourth woman in the history of the 750-member organization to be named president. She was a past board member of the American Catalog Mailing Association and helped found the organization.

Other honors include Ingram’s magazine’s “50 Missourians You Should Know” and “Forty Under Forty,” KC Business Journal’s “25 Women Who Mean Business” and “25 Best Small Places to Work,” honored by the Native Sons of KC as the first “Scout” award winner and accepted into both the Kansas City Centurion Program and the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program.

Ms. Brayfield graduated from LSHS in 1978, earned an associate degree from Hannibal-LaGrange University, a bachelor’s degree in graphics design and advertising from Central Missouri State University, Professional Direct Marketing Accreditation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and an honorary PhD from Hannibal-LaGrange University.

She currently lives with her husband, Ted Brayfield in Hollister, Mo.

Robert (Bob) N. Hartnett – Class of 1974

Bob Hartnett graduated from Lee’s Summit High School in 1974. He continued his education at Kansas State University. He graduated with a bachelor of landscape architecture in 1980 and began his career with the City of Lee’s Summit Public Works Department in August the same year. Holding a number of positions throughout the years, Mr. Hartnett is currently the deputy director of public works. In 1982, Mr. Hartnett earned a Kansas Registered Landscape Architecture license. At this point Missouri lacked a professional registration law. For several years, Mr. Hartnett worked with Prairie Gateway Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects to pass a licensing law in Missouri. He often testified before the Missouri House and Senate Committees. After numerous attempts, a law was passed in 1991 and Missouri license LA-14 was issued to Mr. Hartnett. During this time, Mr. Hartnett worked actively in professional associations, serving on the Board of Directors for local chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Public Works Association. His leadership and extensive professional experience led to his 1997 appointment to the Missouri Landscape Council. 

Mr. Hartnett was appointed by Missouri Gov. Bob Holden in 2002 as a member of the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects (APEPLASPLA). Gov. Matt Blunt reappointed him in 2008. At the conclusion of Mr. Hartnett’s two terms as a member, Gov. Jay Nixon appointed him as Board chair of APEPLSPLA in 2015. Mr. Hartnett is the first professional landscape architect to hold the position. During this time, Mr. Hartnett was elected to position on the Board of Directors to the International Council of Landscape Architecture Boards. 

Mr. Hartnett continues to serve Lee’s Summit, volunteering his time to support the Lee’s Summit Symphony, the Historical Society of Lee’s Summit and actively participated with the Lee’s Summit Sesquicentennial celebration. He served as a youth soccer coach for Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation and Lee’s Summit Soccer Association. To date, he remains involved with the Lee’s Summit High School soccer program and has announced for men’s and women’s soccer since 2006.

Bob and his wife, Gina, have a daughter, Erin, and a son, Kevin.

Laurence Pressly – Class of 1949

Following graduation from the University of Missouri, Mr. Pressly was a partner in the family dairy and livestock operation.  In 1956 he joined the University Extension and became an area dairy specialist for West Central Missouri.  In 1972 he was appointed as the agribusiness manager of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City.

In 1975, Mr. Pressly was hired to run the American Royal Livestock, Horse Show and Rodeo.  In 1977 he was promoted to executive vice president and general manager, a position he held until 1985, at which time he left to pursue a career in real estate, which continues today as senior broker associate with the Reece Nichols Company with designations in the area of short sales and foreclosures as well as a certified Reece Nicholas consultant.

Mr. Pressly also served in several civic positions with the City of Lee’s Summit. He served on the Lee’s Summit Board of Zoning and Adjustment, the Lee’s Summit Planning Commision, the Lee’s Summit Zoning board, the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council and the Lee’s Summit City Council. Additionally, Mr. Pressly serves as an usher at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Lee’s Summit, where he and his wife Janet were married. Mr. Pressly has constantly striven to model ethical and moral principles, carefully examining issues and decisions with the goal that they will be beneficial for Lee’s Summit and its residents.

Nelson F. “Nikk” Thompson – Class of 1969

Nelson F. (Nikk) Thompson graduated from Lee’s Summit High School in 1969. After graduation, Mr. Thompson was accepted into West Point Academy. As he prepared to depart for West Point, he made a decision to instead join the 173rd Airborne Brigade and left for the Vietnam War in 1970. During this time, he received several commendations from the United States Army for his service his country.

After returning from Vietnam, he served as a liaison noncommissioned officer at Fort Ord, Calif., where he assisted in fine tuning the Special Unit Enlistment Program. Mr. Thompson received a letter of commendation for outstanding leadership. Nikk also taught at West Point Academy in 1972 where he was issued a letter of appreciation from Col. Richard L. Gruenther for outstanding performance of instructing, advising and evaluating cadets as well as platoon and company tactical training.

In 1976, Mr. Thompson earned his associate degree from Longview College in applied science. In 1998, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Bible and organizational leadership at Calvary Bible College. In 2006, he earned his master’s degree in Christian studies from the Calvary Theological Seminary.

The bulk of Mr. Thompson’s career was spent serving as a police officer for the City of Lee’s Summit. Mr. Thompson spent 27 years working as an officer, a detective and as a hostage negotiator. Mr. Thompson’s largest contribution to his community was the implementation of the Crisis Intervention Team, which he developed with Chief Scott Lyons and Capt. Brian Wilson. That initiative has spread through all metro area police departments and across the state of Missouri.

Senior citizens tour LSHS as part of R-7 community program

Area senior citizens returned to school March 1 as part of a special program hosted by the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. Through the district’s Senior Citizens’ School Tour program, the local residents visited Lee’s Summit High School.

The event included a tour of the facility, lunch with students, a visit to the robotics area and a performance by the LSHS Concert Choir. Dr. John Faulkenberry, principal, led the group through the school, and students ate lunch with the senior guests. Dr. Dave Benson, R-7 interim superintendent, welcomed the group.

Since the district’s Senior Citizens’ School Tours began in 2007, more than 425 local seniors have participated in the program. The opportunities are provided to seniors two times each school year and are free to participants.

The tours for senior citizens are part of the R-7 School District’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and were recommended by a community team. Plans call for a fall 2017 tour.

LSHS seniors Paige Maxwell (left) and Madeline Stouffer talk about their work in the school’s robotics program.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Dave Benson (standing, far right) talks to senior citizens at the LSHS tour.

 

 

 

The LSHS Concert Choir performs for senior citizens guests.

 

 

 

 

Dr. John Faulkenberry (left) is pictured with Josh Nazworthy, current student, and Dennis Harvey, LSHS Class of 1971 who wore his 46-year-old school letter jacket during the tour.

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