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Bishop Ward receives donation of 80 tablets

Bishop Ward High School’s Academy of Finance program from Kansas City, Kan., is receiving 80 Samsung Galaxy Tablets, for AOF students to use in enhancing their academy experience.

NAF corporate partner, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, donated 750 tablets to select NAF academies across the country.

Bishop Ward’s AOF program demonstrated how students will use the technology to complete projects that will improve their College and Career Readiness skills, according to a spokesman. The NAF College and Career Readiness Skills are embedded in the NAF curriculum and work-based learning resources.

Among the projects, students will complete a time management project focusing on the outcome categories of collaboration and teamwork: including communication, initiative and self-direction, according to the spokesman. The purpose is to provide students options for learning practical work skills by using a device as a tool for time management and on-line exploration and study.

The project will culminate with small-group presentations in both English and Spanish, according to the spokesman. The students will use the tablets to access online educational content and research materials related to collaboration and diversity in the workplace.

“We are grateful to NAF and JP Morgan Chase for providing the tablets for student use to our AOF program,” stated Lori Dowd, director of Bishop Ward’s Academy of Finance program. “These tablets will give us an opportunity to reduce the digital divide and provide the hardware and personal guidance to our students to become college, career and future ready. The tablet projects will teach students necessary skills to build effective collaborative working relationships with colleagues, to effectively work in diverse teams, to improve listening and communication skills and manage their time effectively.”

The Bishop Ward Academy of Finance program began in the fall of 2006 with the first AOF graduating class in 2009. The Bishop Ward High School Academy of Finance seeks to prepare students for college, work, and citizenship through rigorous and engaging projects that connect to real issues in business and finance, according to the spokesman.

There are currently 81 BWHS students participating in the Academy of Finance and three AOF instructors in the program: Jeff Nesselhuf, Kevin O’Brien and Chris Sinclair. Lori Dowd is the director of the AOF program. Lori taught for 31 years in the business department here at Bishop Ward and was an instructor at the inception of the program.

– Story from Maggie Mohrfeld, Bishop Ward director of development

Restaurant offers Valentine’s Day special

The Mason Jar on North 74th Drive, south of State Avenue, is preparing for a busy Valentine’s Day and offering a special. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

One of the restaurants in Kansas City, Kan., that is offering a Valentine’s Day special is the Mason Jar, located on North 74th Drive, just south of State Avenue.

The restaurant offers a Valentine’s Dinner for $50 for two people. The dinner includes a choice of two entrees, sirloin, chicken breast or salmon, with one side each and for dessert, chocolate strawberries, and to drink, Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante or a bottle of house wine, or two cocktails.

Around 5 p.m. the restaurant still had reservations available before 6 p.m. and after 7 p.m.

Other restaurants, including some in the Legends area, also are offering Valentine’s Day specials.

Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for most restaurants.

Two new stores to open at Legends Outlets this spring

Vans Outlet, offering active footwear, apparel and accessories, is slated to open at The Legends Outlets in late March, according to an announcement today by The Legends Outlets.

It will be the only Vans Outlet located in the Kansas City area, according to a spokesman for the shopping center. The store serves men, women and children.

Vans Outlet,, is slated to open in late March in a 4,002-square-foot retail space at 1837 Village West Parkway, Suite B-113, Kansas City, Kan., according to the announcement. The new store will be located in the former Pac Sun site, next to Maurice’s, across from American Eagle and not far from the movie theater at The Legends Outlets.

Another new tenant at The Legends Outlets will be Beef Jerky Outlet, scheduled to open its first and only Kansas location this spring, the spokesman said.

Beef Jerky Outlet,, specializes in more than 200 varieties, sizes and flavors of premium jerky, according to the spokesman.

It will have 1,600 square feet at 1703 Village West Parkway, Suite 108, Kansas City, Kan. The location is in a multi-tenant building next to Pepper Jax and close to Granite City Food and Brewery.

The Legends Outlets at I-435 and I-70 in Kansas City, Kan., has more than 100 retail, entertainment and dining businesses.