Kansas City, Kan., police reports

March 16

Theft, 500 block of North Washington, Honda Accord, $5,000 value.

Theft, 1400 block of Merriam Lane, trailer, $1,200 value.

Theft, 1100 block of County Line Road, Dodge Intrepid, $2,000 value.

March 15

Theft, 6500 block of Kansas Avenue, vehicle, $2,000 value.

Burglary, criminal damage, 5000 block of State, glass door, bills and change, $1,600 value.

March 14

Auto theft, 10700 block of Parallel Parkway, Nissan Maxima, $9,000 value.

Theft, 1900 block of North 76th Drive, Dodge Caravan, $4,000 value, vehicle recovered.

Theft, 900 block of Sandusky, cell phone, $250 value.

Identity theft, 5100 block of Washington.

Criminal damage, burglary, 6200 block of Ann, door handle, door frame, $300 value.

Burglary, criminal damage, 4100 block of South Thompson, van window, three nail guns, electric saw, three compressors, hoses and miscellaneous, 10 floor tools, harnesses and miscellaneous, $3,170 value.

Burglary, criminal damage, 7900 block of State, front door with gates, window, $1,100 value.

Burglary, criminal damage, 300 block of North 70th Terrace, door frame, television, laptop, $850 value.

March 13

Theft, auto, 5800 block of Swartz Road, vehicle, $3,500 value.

Theft, criminal damage, 5200 block of State, four catalytic converters stolen, four moving vans damaged, $5,000 value.

Burglary, 2300 block of Birch Drive, purse, driver’s license, Social Security cards, $70 value.

Feb. 15

Theft, 2300 block of Birch, vehicle, $2,500 value.

Feb. 12

Theft, 2500 block of Alden, cash, $2,160 value.

Dec. 19

Burglary, criminal damage, 1000 block of Waverly, window, lock, three televisions, 50 items of clothing, $2,575 value.

Identity theft, 5000 block of Oak Grove Road.

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)