Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


SM East cheerleaders presented a check to Farmer's House at half time of Friday's basketball game.
SM East cheerleaders presented a check to Farmers House at half time of Friday’s basketball game.

SM East cheer donates $2,200 to Farmers House. With proceeds from their Rib Dinner fundraiser in September and the annual Little Lancer Cheer Clinic last month, SM East’s cheerleading program was able to donate $2,200 to Farmers House, a working farm that provides opportunities for youth and adults with developmental disabilities. The cheerleaders delivered the check in a presentation ceremony during halftime of Friday’s girls basketball game against SM South.

SM North athletic director quoted in Radiolab story on football. SM North athletic director George Sallas, who will be retiring at the end of this school year, was featured in the recent Radiolab episode about American football. Sallas is one of a number of high school instructors who talk about the impact video games have had on sports participation rates across the country. Forward to 1:05:50 to get to the part where Sallas is quoted. [American Football — Radiolab]

Leawood Little Free Library controversy covered by The Atlantic. The Atlantic last month ran a piece summarizing the controversy over city enforcement of codes that prohibit the placement of Little Free Libraries outside of homes. The story of the Collins family in Leawood, Kan., which broke last June, is among the examples cited in the story. [The Danger of Being Neighborly Without a Permit — The Atlantic]

Hocker Grove Middle School at center of legislative debate. Two bills being debated in the current Kansas Legislature session have roots in the Hocker Grove Middle School controversy of more than a year ago surrounding a sex education poster. The Kansas City Star reports that the poster is central to one bill on opting out of sex education instruction and another that could make it easier to prosecute teachers if they teach material that is deemed harmful to children. [Johnson County middle school driving Kansas debate over sex education – Kansas City Star]

WaterOne names new customer relations director. Mandy Cawby has been named director of customer relations for WaterOne. Cawby has been communications manager at the water utility since 2012. She formerly was the finance director for the city of Atchison. “Mandy is a proven leader and the right addition to our management team,” said WaterOne General Manager Mike Armstrong. “We are a customer-driven organization and Mandy will be a champion for her staff, our brand, and our customers.”

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