Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Representatives of the Uplift Organization and St. Michael's Episcopal Church  loaded whiite socks to help the homeless at the Sylvester Powell Community Center.
Representatives of the Uplift Organization and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church loaded white socks to help the homeless at the Sylvester Powell Community Center: Stan Griffin (L-R) and Jim Schmidt from Uplift and Steve Adams and Don Gerling from St. Michael.

Sock drive in Mission goes over goal. An effort to collect white socks for the homeless once again got a boost from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, which put the collection over the top of its goal of 2,500 pairs. The church donated 1,720 pairs to the effort and another 900 pairs were brought in to the community center. The white socks were donated to the Uplift Organization, which provides services to the homeless in the metro. A drive to collect gifts and food for families will continue at the Sylvester Powell Community Center. Gift tags can be collected from trees at the center. Gifts must be returned by Dec. 19 and non-perishable food donations will be accepted until Dec. 20. This year 30 families have been adopted by Mission to provide food and gifts for the holiday.

Star explores Prairie Village’s consideration of plastic bag ban. The Star’s Mike Hendricks wrote a lengthy piece on Prairie Village’s exploration of a possible ban on single-use plastic sacks. “We are finding a lot of support,” Ben Claypool, who chairs Prairie Village’s committee on the issue, told Hendricks. See our story on the bag ban proposal here. [Prairie Village considers becoming first in KC area to ban plastic grocery bags — Kansas City Star]

Chamber schedules two forums. The Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual legislative preview breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Mainstreet Credit Union with local representatives presenting. In addition, the annual state of the cities luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 8. Mayors from Fairway, Merriam, Mission, Mission Hills, Mission Woods, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Westwood and Westwood Hills have been invited to make a brief address about their cities, Information on tickets for both events are available through the Chamber.

Almost one-quarter of Briarwood students absent. Flu is starting to hit local schools. In the Shawnee Mission School District notices have been sent home advising parents of protocol for keeping students out when they are sick. Briarwood had the highest absentee rate in the district: 24 percent of students were gone. The symptoms are mainly upper respiratory. [Flu season’s start hits schools in the Kansas City area hard – Kansas City Star]