Monthly Archives May 2018

Strawberries ready for picking at Berry Hill UPick Farm south of Lake Shawnee

BERRYTON — Children and adults carried buckets, bags, boxes and bowls through Jay Shively’s 1½-acre strawberry patch on Friday, squatting to reach beneath the leaves for plump red berries.

Dozens of Topeka-area families, including many with young children, visited the patch at Berry Hill UPick Farm, 5840 S.E. Croco Road in Berryton, to pick a few pounds of vine-ripened strawberries from the field’s first crop.

Shively and his family planted 20,000 June-bearing and ever-bearing strawberry plants last September. The field opened for picking Monday.

“You’ll see kids coming out of there with red around their mouth,” he said Friday in between directing new arrivals to sections of the patch with the most ripe berries and taking a photo for a family preparing to pay for their berries...

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Shawnee Mission School District says no students will be punished for walkout

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The Shawnee Mission School District has said that no students will be punished for participating in the school walkout that happened on April 20.

They also said that a special meeting will be held on Monday evening to discuss their investigation into the issues that were brought up by the ACLU.

The full statement from the school district said,

"I can confirm with you that no students will be punished for participating in the walkout on April 20. I can also confirm that the district received a letter on April 27 regarding the walkouts, and that Dr. Southwick is personally investigating the issues that the ACLU claimed. Dr. Southwick will provide a report on his findings at the special meeting Monday night."

The ACLU of Kansas had said in a letter da...

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SM East student Lauren Winston wins Princeton Prize for Race Relations

SM East junior Lauren Winston gets a hug from principal John McKinney after being announced as this year’s Kansas City region winner of the Princeton Prize for Race Relations. Photo credit Diana Percy.

Next weekend, Shawnee Mission East junior Lauren Winston will be headed to Princeton University to meet with a highly select group of 26 other high schoolers from across the country who have been recognized for their initiative in helping foster positive relationships between people of different races.

As the Kansas City region’s 2018 winner of the annual Princeton Prize in Race Relations, Winston has the opportunity to participate in the Princeton Symposium on Race, to be held in New Jersey April 27 and 28.

At a ceremony Wednesday night at the Plaza offices of Polsinelli, Winston was honore...

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