Briefly Noted: SM East Class of ’68 dedicates replacement class gift

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SM East Class of ’68 dedicates replacement class gift. The SM East Class of 1968 dedicated their replacement class gift earlier this month. The original class gift, a 3’x5’ slab of etched granite, was destroyed by accident a decade ago during a major school remodel. The project was organized by a small group led by John Smith. The etching artwork was completed by local artist Anita Shikles. The gift is hanging at the new gym entrance.

Overland Park proclaims Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 as Santa America Day. In honor of local nonprofit Santa America, which is debuting its first conference this week, the city of Overland Park has declared Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 as Santa America Day. The conference is designed to train individuals who help Santa and Mrs. Claus to visit with children in hospice care, children with chronic illness, and children and families dealing with post-traumatic stress. The conference began today and continues through Saturday.

JCCC hosting screening, panel discussion on in-school violence prevention. The Johnson County Community Violence Action Council is hosting a screening next month of “Roll Red Roll,” a documentary about the assault of a teenage girl by members of a high school football team in Ohio in 2012, and the aftermath and social media evidence revealing the collusion of teen bystanders, teachers, parents and coaches to protect the assailants and discredit the victim. The screening and panel discussion on in-school violence prevention afterward will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at Yardley Hall in the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College. Shannon Leeper with the Lenexa Police Department will sit on the panel as a law enforcement representative. RSVP is requested in advance at this link.

Lenexa seeking volunteers for art gallery, gardening. The city of Lenexa is seeking volunteers to fill a variety of roles volunteering for the city. Here are a few openings:

  • Art gallery assistant – Assist with art gallery exhibit installations and receptions
  • Legler Barn Museum gardener – Help maintain an herb garden
  • Pedicab drivers – Take seniors on park rides with a motor-assisted bicycle/tricycle
  • Senior assistant – Help with daily operations at the Lenexa Senior Center