LS area theatre students collect 7,704 pounds of food for needy families through food drive

Student members of International Thespian Society (ITS) troupes from Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit North High School, Lee’s Summit West High School and Summit Christian Academy collected approximately 7,704 pounds of canned and dry goods for Lee’s Summit Social Services on Oct. 31.

The food was collected by the theatre students from the four schools as part of the Thespian Society’s Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat program. Students from the four schools participated in the drive, which has become an annual tradition. The theatre students collected around 1,400 more pounds this year than in 2016. During 2016, the three high schools received the National Cornucopia Award from Educational Theatre Association for their Lee’s Summit United Team. This award goes to the one team in the nation with the highest average collection total per troupe.

Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat is a national community service program for ITS-member schools to collect canned and dry goods for local charities and food banks. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of food were collected across the state and nation last year, giving theatre students the chance to demonstrate the ability to help their local community.

Summit Technology Academy to host open house Nov. 16

Prospective students, parents and patrons are invited to attend Summit Technology Academy’s open house Nov. 16.  An early planners session starts at 6 p.m. for middle school students. Two sessions are available for visitors interested in learning more about the Missouri Innovation Campus program.  

Students seriously interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related careers in a global environment should stop by between 6:30 to 7:55 p.m. Nov. 16. STEM-related careers encompass network engineering; software development; cyber security; health science; biomedical science; nursing; digital media; aerospace, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering; teacher preparation; hospitality management; and international studies. Please RSVP to attend the event at RSVPs are welcome but not required to attend. The Academy is located at 1101 NW Innovation Parkway in the new Missouri Innovation Campus building.

Additional open houses are also scheduled for Jan. 11 and Feb. 1.

LSNHS students visit elementary schools during Red Ribbon Week to share drug/alcohol resistance strategies

Members of the Lee’s Summit North High School Bronco Smart visited five elementary schools during Red Ribbon Week to encourage the younger students to be drug free. The high-school students were part of Red Ribbon Week BEARS (Better Education about Resistance Strategies).

Bronco Smart visited 171 classrooms during two days and reached children in kindergarten through sixth grade with age-appropriate lessons for each grade level. Elementary schools included in the visits were Westview, Mason, Underwood, Hazel Grove and Meadow Lane.

LSN students Natalie Bruce (leaning over) and Peyton Sumpter (in the back) playing telephone in third-grade students at Hazel Grove Elementary.






LSNHS student Regan Young works with a first grader at Westview Elementary.






LSNHS student Katelyn Esry works with a first grader at Westview Elementary.

Lowe family presents $675 memorial gift to Great Beginnings Early Education Center

Members of the Lowe family presented a $675 donation to Great Beginnings Early Education Center on Oct. 24. The funds were the result of money donated in memory of Robert (Bob) Lowe, grandfather of two former GBEEC students.

Family members shared how much the girls’ grandfather valued the preschool program and its positive impact on his granddaughters. “You are an amazing community of educators…the teachers, principal, paras, nurse, secretary, Mr. Neil…you taught, comforted and loved our Ruby and Maddy. We are forever grateful,” according to a note from the Lowe family. “We are so proud to have you accept this memorial.”

Pictured during an Oct. 23 presentation at Great Beginnings Early Education Center are (from left) ​Maddy Lowe-Howard, Ruby Lowe-Howard, Heather Hamilton, Jennifer Lowe, Matt Howard and Grace Lowe-Howard.


Lee’s Summit R-7 elementary schools participate in Great American Milk Drive

Sunset Valley and Summit Pointe Elementary schools participated in the Great American Milk Drive, designed to raise awareness about the lack of milk in America’s food banking network. Both schools took part in Fuel Up to Play 60’s Healthy Eating Play known as Nourish Your Community. Partnering with local food pantry, Coldwater of Lee’s Summit, they launched a Pints to Gallons milk drive with the support of Midwest Dairy Council. During the month of September schools and community partners raised funds for their local food pantries. The pantries will use the funds to purchase milk for the Milk2MyPlate Program. Through the program, Coldwater is able to purchase additional fresh dairy items to offer in the pantry.  

The two schools raised a total of $1,570 which is equivalent to 604 gallons of milk or 9,664 servings of milk. With the needs of our community growing, Lee’s Summit R-7 Nutrition Services with the help of Midwest Dairy Council will conduct  another drive in early spring for any interested Fuel Up to Play 60 schools.

Students working on the project at Sunset Valley Elementary included (back row, from left) Derek Robb, Berkley Hurst, Samantha Brawley, Andrew Nitsche, Seth Estes, (front row, from left) Addison Ditamore, Teagan Eason, Faryn Raney and Amber Mesz.

BCMS students selected for Be the Change Award

Austin Lee and Ann Boehnlein were selected for the Bernard Campbell Middle School Be the Change Award for September and Ben Cammarata and Janiya Turner were selected for the month of October. To receive this recognition, students demonstrated a positive attitude and exhibited outstanding character. The award honors students who embody the following: “Be the Change you wish to see in the World.”

The students also received a token of thanks from the school’s business partner, Paradise Park.

Pictured are (from left) Leslie Grossman of Paradise Park,  Ann Boehnlein, Janiya  Turner,  Austin Lee, Ben Cammarata and Jon Ellis of Paradise Park.

Book inspires Summit Pointe Elementary fourth-graders to help shelter animals

Students at Summit Pointe Elementary were so inspired by one of this year’s Missouri Association of School Librarians Mark Twain Award nominees, they decided help make a difference for animals in their community. The book was “Webster” by Ellen Emerson White, a story about a cynical shelter dog learning to be part of a family. This tale inspired a Summit Pointe fourth- grade class to do what they could for shelter animals in our own community.

According to student Ashtynn Root, the author’s message at the end of the story pointed out that there were shelters like the one in the story all over the United States that could use support. Ashtynn and her classmates wanted to know what they could do to help animals like those in the story. With the help of their teacher, Brenda Hall, the class identified Wayside Waifs as an organization doing the same kind of work for animals.

During the student-driven service project, students worked with partners to create flyers to hand out to friends, families and neighbors. The handouts were created by students using Google Draw and included a Wayside Waifs Wish List on the back of the flyers.

The fourth-graders collected kennels, paper towels, leashes, dog food, cat food, cat toys and cat treats–enough to fill a sports utility vehicle. One student’s grandparent even made small blankets for the shelter animals. In addition, the students collected $86 in cash to donate to Wayside Waifs.

Bernard Campbell Middle School hosts Counselor Coffee focusing on anxiety

Bernard Campbell Middle School counselors Sheryl Fender and Colleen Schieber hosted their quarterly Counselor Coffee on Oct. 27. The quarterly events are designed for parents of middle-school children. However with this topic they invited their elementary feeder schools and Lee’s Summit North High School parents.

Dr. Nathan Fite of the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment was the guest speaker. The center specializes in working with people with obsessive-compulsive, anxiety and stress-related disorders with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy. Dr. Fite shared the following with parents.

  • Tips for parents about the early warning signs of anxiety.
  • How to help a child with anxiety.
  • The early warning signs of when anxiety is serious and when a child might need professional assistance.
  • Can anxiety lead to suicide and what do parents need to know?

According to Dr. Fite, anxiety is part of the normal human condition, but significant, ongoing distress or life interruption from anxiety is not. Anxiety disorders are real, treatable illnesses, he added.

Missouri Lieutenant Governor visits Lee’s Summit North High School

State leader talks to student leaders in Youth in Government organization

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Pearson visited with student leaders at Lee’s Summit North High School during an Oct. 30 trip to Lee’s Summit. He met with around a dozen members of the school’s Youth in Government organization to discuss how he prepared for leadership as well as the importance of public service and education.

The LSNHS Youth in Government students also discussed their legislative platform  with the lieutenant governor. The LSNHS platform includes 27 bills the local students will be proposing through the state organization and convention, which will be held this fall.

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