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After-school engineering program a blast for Manchester Park students

Fifteen students in third and fourth grade at Manchester Park Elementary School took part in the Blast Off: Engineering for Kids after-school program this spring. Students met weekly for 90 minutes for six weeks.

Fifteen students in third and fourth grade at Manchester Park Elementary School took part in the Blast Off: Engineering for Kids after-school program this spring. Students met weekly for 90 minutes for six weeks.

Blast Off: Engineering for Kids rose to meet the expectations of adults and students at Manchester Park Elementary School. The six-week after-school program was a blast for students, thanks to an extended learning grant from the Olathe Public Schools Foundation.

The grant enabled Manchester Park, Ridgeview and Walnut Grove elementary schools to involve 15 students in each building in a hands-on engineering project involving rockets. An engineer from Honeywell brought the Engineering for Kids kits, supplies and lesson plans needed for the three groups. Continue reading

Northwest student a National Achievement Scholar

Candace Hayes: National Achievement Scholar from Olathe Northwest High School.

Candace Hayes: National Achievement Scholar from Olathe Northwest High School.

Candace Hayes, a senior at Olathe Northwest High School, has been named a National Achievement Scholar.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announces names of about 800 outstanding African-American high school seniors who have been named scholars and are being awarded more than $2 million in scholarships, financed by grants from 30 corporate organizations, professional associations and by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The competition for the scholarship program was established in 1964 to honor scholastically talented African-American youth and provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding participants annually.

Hayes, who plans to study medicine in college, is involved in debate, lacrosse and volunteering. She is a National Honor Society member, Raven Link Crew advisor, Student Council class representative and Leadership Olathe graduate.

Former strip mall tenant blames faulty electrical wiring for fire

From KCTV-5

A former Olathe building tenant says it was just a matter of time before the building that went up in flames Monday did so.

Black Bob Corner Shopping Center, the strip mall at East Santa Fe Street and South Black Bob Road, was home to four businesses. Former tenants of the salon space at it say the building’s condition could what started the fire.

“None of the electrical in our space was up to code, I can guarantee that,” said Nathan Myers. “There would be weeks during the winter, weeks during the summer where we wouldn’t have an air conditioner, we wouldn’t have a heater.” Continue reading

Fire cause might never be known

From KMBC-TV

Investigators said they may never know what sparked Monday’s fire that destroyed a small strip mall and five businesses that were located there.

The fire gutted Fronteras Mexican Restaurant, a KFC location, a Sprint store, a hair salon and a massage spa just north of the intersection of 135th Street and Blackbob Road.

Fronteras employees noticed hazy smoke inside the restaurant’s office and called the fire department.

“The employees called us and we told them to call 911 and we told them to get out of the building,” said Alia De La Torre, the daughter of Fronteras’ owner. “When we got here, they were out of the building and everyone was OK.”

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Four more test positive for TB at Northwest

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) report that out of the approximately 70 additional individuals tested for tuberculosis (TB) at Olathe Northwest High School last week, only four (4) people have tested positive for the infection. Health officials have called those with positive TB infection test results and letters were mailed to the homes of those with negative test results (no infection).

People with TB infection are not contagious, do not feel sick, and do not have TB symptoms. People with TB disease can spread the bacteria to others, feel sick and can have symptoms including fever, night sweats, cough and weight loss.  Continue reading

Spreading the message of kindness

Chisholm Trail students gathered to have their pictures taken with members of the Harlem Ambassadors team. Photo by Marlene Colgan

Chisholm Trail students gathered to have their pictures taken with members of the Harlem Ambassadors team.
Photo by Marlene Colgan

The Rachel’s Challenge bullying prevention program and Friends of Rachel Clubs have been active in Olathe’s middle schools since fall 2012, and counselors are still finding new ways to spread the message of kindness.

When Chisholm Trail Middle School counselor Beth Hufnagel heard about the Harlem Ambassadors performance basketball team and its three major messages, she knew they could have a positive impact on her students. The team travels around the world promoting the lessons of staying in school, staying off drugs, and avoiding bullying actions.

“I love all three messages and I hope our students will hear what they had to say and it will leave a lasting impression,” said Hufnagel who is sponsor of the Friends of Rachel Club. Continue reading

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