Town Hall Forum planned April 12

The Kansas City, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Town Hall Forum from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kan.

The public will hear an update on legislation and will have the opportunity to meet with members of the Wyandotte County legislative delegation.

The program is free and open to the public.

Turner building trades students’ work featured at Home Show

Turner High School building trades students today gave away a playhouse they constructed in their program. The playhouse was on display at the recent Home Show at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Mo., and the playhouse was given to one of the entries received at the Home Show. (Photo from Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City)

Turner High School students in the Building Trades program built a playhouse that was featured at the Kansas City Home Show at Bartle Hall March 28-30, organized by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City.

The Turner School District, located in Kansas City, Kan., has a goal of equipping students to go directly into a trade, a trade school, or on to college.

The philosophy of the program is to use residential construction to reinforce many other academic disciplines while building critical thinking skills, team building and work ethic.

Throughout the two-year construction of their home, students take part in all trades. Students take field trips, talk to construction workers and get dirty all while getting an exposure to residential construction.

When they leave the program, each student will have an understanding of how a house is built and will have also explored the many career opportunities available to them.

  Story and photos from the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City

Turner High School building trades students created this playhouse, which was on display at the recent Home Show in Kansas City, Mo. (Photo from Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City)

Running with the fifth-graders

Superintendent Cindy Lane ran with the fifth-graders today to practice for the “Are You Faster than a Fifth-Grader” race on April 25. The practice was at John F. Kennedy Elementary School playground. (Staff photo)

Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools Superintendent Cindy Lane today worked out with fifth-graders at John F. Kennedy Elementary School to prepare for the “Are You Faster than a Fifth-Grader” race on April 25.

Superintendent Lane talked to the students about the importance of keeping physically fit, as well as keeping their grades up.

The fifth-graders at Kennedy School, 2600 N. 72nd, gathered and ran a few short warm-up sprints on the playground, then took about 10 or so laps around the playground for their workout.

While some of the students were in front of the superintendent in the sprints, the superintendent left some of the students behind in the long-distance laps today.

After the practice, Superintendent Lane said she believed the kids were ready for the annual race on April 25.

About 500 students, administrators, staff and community leaders are expected to participate in the race April 25, which will start at the Schlitterbahn and end at Sporting KC Stadium.

Superintendent Cindy Lane ran with the fifth-graders today to practice for the “Are You Faster than a Fifth-Grader” race on April 25. The practice was at John F. Kennedy Elementary School playground. (Staff photo)
Superintendent Cindy Lane ran with the fifth-graders today to practice for the “Are You Faster than a Fifth-Grader” race on April 25. The practice was at John F. Kennedy Elementary School playground. (Staff photo)
Superintendent Cindy Lane ran with the fifth-graders today to practice for the “Are You Faster than a Fifth-Grader” race on April 25. The practice was at John F. Kennedy Elementary School playground. (Staff photo)
Superintendent Cindy Lane ran with the fifth-graders today to practice for the “Are You Faster than a Fifth-Grader” race on April 25. The practice was at John F. Kennedy Elementary School playground. (Staff photo)
Superintendent Cindy Lane ran with the fifth-graders today to practice for the “Are You Faster than a Fifth-Grader” race on April 25. The practice was at John F. Kennedy Elementary School playground. (Staff photo)
Superintendent Cindy Lane ran with the fifth-graders today to practice for the “Are You Faster than a Fifth-Grader” race on April 25. The practice was at John F. Kennedy Elementary School playground. (Staff photo)
Superintendent Cindy Lane ran with the fifth-graders today to practice for the “Are You Faster than a Fifth-Grader” race on April 25. The practice was at John F. Kennedy Elementary School playground. (Staff photo)
After the end of the workout Tuesday at John F. Kennedy Elementary School, students, teacher and superintendent gathered for a moment. (Staff photo)
Before their workout on Tuesday morning, Superintendent Cindy Lane, left, told fifth-graders at John F. Kennedy Elementary School that it was important to keep physically fit, as well as keeping their grades up. With Superintendent Lane, on the left, was teacher Brent Eighmey. (Staff photo)
A few fifth-graders took a rest toward the end of their laps around the playground Tuesday, as Superintendent Cindy Lane continued running. (Staff photo)
Superintendent Cindy Lane ran a short practice sprint with fifth-graders at John F. Kennedy Elementary School on Tuesday. (Staff photo)
Scenes from the workout today at John F. Kennedy Elementary School, preparing for the “Are You Faster than a Fifth-Grader” race on April 25. (Staff photo)
Scenes from the workout today at John F. Kennedy Elementary School, preparing for the “Are You Faster than a Fifth-Grader” race on April 25. (Staff photo)
Brent Eighmey, teacher, led the group of John F. Kennedy Elementary fifth-graders and Superintendent Cindy Lane in some stretching exercises before practice Tuesday. (Staff photo)
John F. Kennedy Elementary fifth-graders and Superintendent Cindy Lane did some stretching exercises before practice Tuesday. (Staff photo)