Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Santa will get some help from SM East head football coach Dustin Delaney at this year’s holiday tree lighting.

Delaney to assist Santa at annual Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting in Prairie Village. Santa Claus will have a helper this Thursday at the annual Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting at Corinth Square. SM East head football coach Dustin Delaney will be on hand to help kick off the Christmas season at the event, along with Mayor Ron Shaffer, the Corinth Elementary choir, and dancers from Dancerz Unlimited. The event runs from 6 to 7 p.m. As part of the festivities, a number of restaurants will be donating a portion of their proceeds from the night to the Mayor’s Tree Fund. Participating restaurants are: Salty Iguana, SPIN,¬†Johnny’s, BRGR, Urban Table, Tavern in the Village.

Roeland Park police issued 40 traffic citations over holiday weekend. Roeland Park police report that they issued 40 citations between Nov. 24-29 as part of their participation in the STEP program, where state funds help pay for additional officers to monitor the road for possible DUI and restraint violations. Officers also made arrests on motorists who had outstanding warrants and were suspected of driving under the influence.

Leawood Chamber to honor Shawnee Mission School District. The Leawood Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that it would be inducting both the Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley School Districts into the group’s Hall of Fame at its annual awards luncheon Tuesday, Dec. 9.

SMEF encouraging area residents to participate in Giving Tuesday. The Shawnee Mission Education Foundation is using the occasion of “Giving Tuesday” to encourage area residents to support Shawnee Mission schools. “The Foundation works in support of Shawnee Mission teachers and students and connects community charitable contributions to our schools,” reads a release from the group. “In its 25-year history, the Foundation has distributed $3.8 million benefiting every school in the district.” A number of area classes have made videos supporting the effort. Here’s a message from Mr. Ferrell’s Briarwood class: