Poverty impacting Shawnee Mission schools. The Kansas Health Institute published a report Monday outlining the impact childhood poverty is having on Kansas schools. And, as we’ve noted before, the report says the problem is much closer to home than many would like to believe: “In hundreds of public schools across the state, there are students that each Friday — or before holidays — are sent home with “backpacks” or “kits” of donated food put together by volunteers to be sure the children will have something to eat until they return to class the next school day. That happens in Johnson County in suburban Shawnee Mission, which many would consider a rich school district, but also at schools as varied as Lincoln Elementary in Sumner County, the top wheat-producing area in a top wheat-producing state, and in Natoma, a burg of only 329 people in Osborne County.” The story notes that Blue Valley is one of just three districts in Kansas that report the percentage of students on the free-and-reduced lunch program is in the single digits. [Poverty takes its toll on Kansas schools — Kansas Health Institute]
Wooden style from SM East student. SM East junior Noah Marsh, who we profiled last week, got some more attention Monday for his company, “Against the Grain,” which produces wooden bowties. [Teen woodworker fixating his focus on men’s fashion — Fox 4]
PV rebates for rain management. The city of Prairie Village next week open up a cost-share program for storm water treatment facilities built and maintained by homeowners. Residents interested in a potential refund for some of the cost of a rain garden, rain barrels or the construction of a pervious pavement surface should consider putting in an application. The program is funded by a $10,000 grant from the county, and will run April 1 to October 31. [City of Prairie Village’s Cost-Share Reimbursement Program
for Stormwater Treatment Facilities — City of Prairie Village]
NOW planning protest at Mission Hobby Lobby. The Kansas and Missouri chapters of the National Organization for Women are planning a demonstration at Hobby Lobby in Mission today at noon to protest the company’s moves to gain exemption from the Obamacare mandate to provide birth control. “Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit represents another salvo in the continuing war on women. This is nothing more than religious bullying. If Hobby Lobby prevails in this lawsuit, will Christian Scientists be allowed to deny their employees health coverage altogether?” said Sharon Lockhart, vice-president of Johnson-Wyandotte Counties NOW in a statement. The Mission Hobby Lobby is at 6721 Johnson Drive.