Teen drivers have opportunity to drive at Speedway Oct. 18-19

Teen drivers are needed to participate in the Petty Safe Driving event Oct. 18 and 19 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

High school students may participate in the free three-hour event. It is a first-come, first-served opportunity and preregistration is required.

The Safe Driving event will provide young drivers the opportunity to gain experience in a structured environment. Teens participating must have a valid learner’s permit, restricted or full license, and six months’ driving experience.

According to the sponsors of the event, lack of experience is one of the biggest contributing circumstances to motor vehicle crashes, and this event will provide more experience in a structured environment.

Classes are at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

To be covered are vehicle safety and operations, tailgating, risk of driving while distracted, effects of driving while impaired and driving strategies. Parents are encouraged to attend with their teens.

The Safe Driving event is presented by State Farm Insurance.

Registration is due to the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office fax 785-233-1342 by this Friday, Oct. 10.

Daffodils to sprout throughout Wyandotte County, thanks to Rotary Club

Daffodil bulbs were planted at West Middle School through a project sponsored by the Kansas City, Kan., Rotary Club. (Rotary Club photo)
Daffodil bulbs were planted at West Middle School through a project sponsored by the Kansas City, Kan., Rotary Club. (Rotary Club photo)

The Kansas City, Kan., Rotary Club recently purchased 1,000 daffodil bulbs that were planted during September and October throughout Wyandotte County.

The community-wide beautification project plantings involved Rotarians, neighborhood volunteers, middle school and high school youth, community organizations, and the Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department, according to a Rotary spokesman.

Plantings were in locations that were visible to the community, in designated public rights-of-way, parks or school grounds, where the flowers will not be likely mowed during the year.

Groups participating included West Middle School, Northwest Middle School, Argentine Middle School, Harmon High School, Schlagle High School, Wyandotte High School, Sumner Academy, Community Housing of Wyandotte County, Accessible Arts, Livable Neighborhoods, Leavenworth Road Association, and Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department.

– Story and photos from Greg Shondell, Kansas City, Kan., Rotary Club

Northwest Middle High School participated in a Rotary Club beautification project recently. (Photo from Rotary Club)
Northwest Middle High School participated in a Rotary Club beautification project recently. (Photo from Rotary Club)

Northwest Middle School students participated in an effort sponsored by the Rotary Club to plant daffodils throughout Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from Rotary Club)
Northwest Middle School students participated in an effort sponsored by the Rotary Club to plant daffodils throughout Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from Rotary Club)

Students from Northwest Middle School participated in an effort to plant daffodils throughout Wyandotte County. It was a Rotary Club project. (Photo from Rotary Club)
Students from Northwest Middle School participated in an effort to plant daffodils throughout Wyandotte County. It was a Rotary Club project. (Photo from Rotary Club)

West Middle School students recently participated in a beautification effort sponsored by the Rotary Club. (Rotary Club photo)
West Middle School students recently participated in a beautification effort sponsored by the Rotary Club. (Rotary Club photo)

West Middle School students participated in a Rotary Club beautification effort recently. (Photo from Rotary Club)
West Middle School students participated in a Rotary Club beautification effort recently. (Photo from Rotary Club)

West Middle School students participated in a beautification project recently that was sponsored by the Rotary Club. (Photo from Rotary Club)
West Middle School students participated in a beautification project recently that was sponsored by the Rotary Club. (Photo from Rotary Club)