Olathe news briefs for the week of Jan. 28, 2013

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKS.org.

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Reaches Record High
The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund is wrapping up the 2012 campaign poised to celebrate the most successful drive in the history of the fund.  Contributions to date total $104,000, exceeding the $100,000 goal.

Perhaps the greatest story in the annual holiday season fund drive is that of student giving. Through the Pennies for Shoes campaign, jugs were placed in participating Olathe schools and students donated change and dollars. As a result, Olathe Public Schools’ students amassed 18% of the fund total, over $19,000, to benefit the Children’s Shoe Fund and the Olathe Public Schools Foundation (Wimmer Student Care Fund).  This is a significant increase over last year’s Pennies for Shoes campaign which drew $11,700 in donations. 

“I am so humbled by the generosity of this community and the incredible leadership of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Board.  Once again, our city has demonstrated its care and compassion for neighbors in need,” said Mayor Michael Copeland.  “We are especially grateful for the support of Olathe students.  Nearly one in every five dollars donated can be attributed to the kindness of a child.  Now that’s an amazing story!”

Ceremonial checks will be presented at the March 5 City Council meeting.  2012 beneficiaries of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund include Catholic Charities, Children’s Shoe Fund, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Cypress Recovery, El Centro, Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County, Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Kansas Foster and Adoptive Children, KidsTLC, KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Mission Southside, Olathe Public Schools Foundation, SAFEHOME, and Salvation Army.

Free Flu Shots February 2 Courtesy of Olathe Fire Department, Olathe Medical Center
The Olathe Fire Department and Olathe Medical Center are partnering to provide free flu shots on February 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to individuals ages nine and above while supplies last.  The event will be held at Olathe Fire Department Station #5, 1128 W. Spruce St.

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop to Host Winter Home School Day February 22
Home school families are invited to participate in Winter Home School Day at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop on Friday, February 22. Weather and ground conditions permitting, activities for ages five and up include sawing wood, visiting the blacksmith, cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie’s stove, and horse drawn hay wagon rides. Two sessions will be offered: 10:00 a.m. to noon or 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration is required by February 14 by calling 913.971.5111 or visiting www.mahaffie.org. Cost is $5/student and accompanying adults are free.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is open year-round from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Activities vary seasonally.  Details, including a schedule of winter events, are available at www.mahaffie.org or by calling (913) 971-5111.

MLK Contest Works on Display at Olathe Public Library
The Olathe community paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, January 18, during the annual Noonday Celebration which included the MLK Legacy contest and awards.

A record 4400 entries were submitted in three major categories. The contest awarded $3500 in scholarships to Olathe middle and high school students.  Prize winners include:

Middle School Essay Honorees:

1st place:  Morgan McBride, 8th grade, Chisholm Trail Middle School

2nd place: Shulammite Lim, 7th grade, Frontier Trail Middle School

3rd place: Emily Martin, 6th grade, Santa Fe Trail Middle School
Senior High School Essay Honorees:

1st place: Riley Gay, senior, Olathe East

2nd place: Samuel Edwards, senior, Olathe East

3rd place: Kimberly Britton, freshman, Olathe Northwest


Multimedia Middle School Honorees:

1st place: Gabe Felter, 6th grade, Frontier Trail Middle School

2nd place: Ryleigh Diskin, 6th grade, Frontier Trail Middle School

3rd place: Jonie Welland, 8th grade, California Trail Middle School


Multimedia Senior High School Honorees:

1st place: Alec Fox, Mattie Karr, & Katie Langton, juniors, Olathe Northwest

2nd place: Joy Hauser, junior, Olathe South

3rd place: Josh Bigbee, Keyshawn Garraway, & Reis Hopkins, juniors, Olathe Northwest


Visual Arts Middle School Honorees:

1st place: Kyle McHale, 7th grade, California Trail Middle School

2nd place: Kelly Linstra, 7th grade, Indian Trail Middle School

3rd Place: Josie Zimmerman, 8th grade, Pioneer Trail Middle School


Visual Arts Senior High School Honorees

1st place: Paige Thompson, senior, Olathe South

2nd place: Amy Barnes, senior, Olathe East

3rd place: Kelsey Taber, junior, Olathe North


Taking home the coveted Best in Show award was Gabe Felter, 6th grade, Frontier Trail Middle School, with his multimedia video “Say Something.” Claire Barnhart, 7th grade, Pioneer Trail Middle School, received the first ever Chairman’s Award for her children’s book “Cassie the Courageous Kitty.”

This is the 13th year for the celebration and award contest, sponsored by the City of Olathe, the Olathe Human Relations Commission, Olathe Public Schools and other community partners.  The 2013 MLK Celebration theme, “Silence is an Injustice” was derived from a 1965 speech given by Dr. King at the Dinkier Plaza Hotel in Atlanta.  All entries are on display at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park, until Wednesday, February 20.


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