Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Robert_WrightAARP honors Prairie Village man for community service work. The AARP this week announced that Robert Wright of Prairie Village had received the Kansas chapters most prestigious honor, the Ethel Percy Andrus Award for Community Service. Wright was tapped for the honor based on his work offering construction and home repair to older adults with disabilities. “Robert is well-deserving of the award that honors AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus,” said Glenda DuBoise, AARP Kansas Volunteer State President who presented the award to Wright along with AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner.  “His record of service to his community demonstrates his commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.

Prairie Village man named Missouri School Counselor of the Year. Robert Lundien of Prairie Village is the Missouri School Counselor Association’s Counselor of the Year. Lundien, who works at Staley High School, was chosen for the award based on his reputation for high expectations from his students while also expressing sensitivity to their needs. “Mr. Lundien is one of the finest school counselors I have ever had the opportunity and pleasure to work with,” said Staley prinicipal Clark Mershon. “Every principal needs someone like Mr. Lundien as an integral member of his or her team.”

Mission food drive continues. The clothing drive to benefit the homeless wrapped up Thursday in Mission, but food donations are being accepted until Dec. 20 at Sylvester Powell Community Center. The Mission Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsors the food drive and assembles food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas for more than 50 area families. Cash donations also are accepted. The Thanksgiving baskets will be packed the first of next week, but non-perishable donations to the Christmas baskets will continue to be accepted.

SM North baseball players assemble flags. Members of the Shawnee Mission North Varsity Baseball Team, Grant Cole, Chase Redick, Matthew James and Vince Vega helped assemble 250 new flags for Merriam to put out for Veterans Day. The flags will be used for  Memorial Day and the Fourth of July as well. Helping in this event were Varsity Assistant Coach Alan Cabe and Head Varsity Coach Grant Dreiling. Shirley Hudson, Volunteer Coordinator for Flags 4 Freedom, wrote to Coach Dreiling, “I would like to thank you for the wonderful service that you and your team provided for Flags 4 Freedom.  We were able to assemble 250 new flags to replace worn, retired flags.  You and your team are great to work with, hard workers and so efficient.  Thank you and your team for always being so willing to serve in the community.”