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KCKPS taking survey to name new school

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools district is taking a survey through 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, to name the new elementary school that will take the place of the combined White Church and Bethel elementary schools.

The survey offers five proposed school names, and also offers an opportunity to write in another name for the new school.

The five names are Bright Star Elementary, a combination of Bethel and White Church; Brune Elementary after Lowell Brune, who mentored students at the schools; Lane Elementary, for Dr. Cynthia Lane, superintendent; Legacy Elementary, acknowledging the students from both schools; and New Star Elementary, representing a new beginning.

The new school is scheduled to begin construction in fall 2018, and should be completed for the 2020-2021 school year. It is part of the zero-tax increase bond initiative.

To vote in the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/newelementary
before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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Career fair to be Wednesday at KCKCC

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Looking for a job? Want to change careers? Then plan to attend the Kansas City Kansas Community College’s 2018 “Get Hired-Kansas City” Career Fair.

The fair is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the KCKCC Field House, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.

The event is free and open to students, faculty, community members and veterans.

Last year, approximately 1,000 individuals attended, and over the last several years, a high number of those who were interviewed at the job fair have been hired on the spot. This year, more than 90 employers will be present.

Computers will be available during the job fair to print additional resumes.

Staff will also be available to assist applicants with creating a resume and career assessments will be available at no cost. Legal assistance will be provided for those who need assistance with expungement or other interruptions to employment.

For those needing help in completing online or paper applications, assistance will be provided.

The career fair is sponsored by the Entrepreneurship and Workforce Center at KCKCC, Kansas Legal Services, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, KansasWorks, Steel City Media and Veterans of America.

For more information on the Career Fair, call 913-288-7880.

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Fifth-graders to participate in run and walk April 27

“Are You Faster than a Fifth-Grader,” a two-mile race or a one-mile walk, will start Friday, April 27, at Kansas City Kansas Community College Field House, 7250 State Ave., and Eisenhower Middle School, 2901 N. 72nd St.

The race will end at Washington High School stadium, 7340 Leavenworth Road.

One of the objectives of the race is to increase physical activity, as active learners are believed to do better in the classroom.

Students, district administrators and staff, community leaders and patrons will participate in the race.

Teams made up of 15 fifth-graders from all 30 of the district’s elementary school will participate in the race. Other fifth-graders will participate in a one-mile walk to precede the race at 10 a.m., beginning at Eisenhower Middle School and ending at the Washington High School stadium.

The two-mile run will begin at 10:30 a.m. April 27 at KCKCC Field House and will end at Washington High School stadium.

“This event has become a tradition that many students anticipate in when they approach their 5th grade year,” Stephanie Dickson, the physical education teacher leader, said in a news release. “Some kids have been running all summer to get in shape for the race. And the added element of the one-mile walk gets every student involved and sends the message that physical fitness is important.”

Superintendent Cynthia Lane launched the event in 2012 as a way to promote physical fitness to students and to encourage overall wellness. Dr. Lane is also a participant in the race. The first 15 students to cross the finish line in the race will receive medals and will have their photo taken with the superintendent.

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