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

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.  Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of Jan. 23, 2012

Annual MLK Contest Winners Announced; Entries on Display at Olathe Library

The Olathe community paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, Jan.18, during the annual Noonday Celebration which included the MLK Legacy contest and awards.

With a record 4400 entries in three major categories, the contest awarded $3500 in scholarships to Olathe middle and high school students.  Prize winners include: Continue reading

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