Eight area educators will be among those recognized for outstanding teaching skills through the 2023 Kansas Horizon Award program.
The educators will be recognized in a ceremony at the Kansas Exemplary Educator Network State Education Conference February 17 in Topeka.
The beneficiaries of the area are: Cooper Allison, Woodland Spring Middle School, Spring Hill USD 230; Jordyn Burke, Corinthian Elementary School, Shawnee Mission USD 512; Jordan Dillon, Blue Valley High School, Blue Valley USD 229; Lisa Frakes, Turner High School, Turner USD 202; Alexandra Furminger, Oak Grove Elementary, Turner $202; Jennifer Miller, Nike Elementary School, Gardner Edgerton $231; Stephanie Ruley, Gardner Edgerton High School, Gardner Edgerton USD 231; and Sydney Sieben, Riverview Elementary School, De Soto USD 232.
Merriam seeks committee members
The City of Merriam is seeking applications from residents for an opening on its Future of 5701 Merriam Drive Steering Committee. 5701 Merriam Drive is the green space across from Merriam Farmers’ Market. For more information about the project, visit merriam.org/Government/Departments/Community-Development/Moving-Merriam-Forward/Future-of-5701. To apply, visit: us.openforms.com/Form/357bc3ea-ba81-45f9-9ac4-f242edf54c8a.
Gardner hosts Daddy Daughter Dance
Gardner will host his 11th annual Daddy Daughter Dance for daughters ages 3 to 12 on February 25. This year’s event will have a Sock Hop theme and include music, dancing and appetizers. Professional portraits will be offered with a download link. There will also be photo booths. Each daughter will receive a small keepsake. The sessions will be held from 17:00 to 18:30 and from 19:30 to 21:00. Cost is $45 per couple and $25 for additional daughters. The prom will be held at Gardner Edgerton High School, 425 Waverly Road, Gardner. Dancing is limited to 125 couples per session. The registration deadline is February 10th.
To register, go to: secure.rec1.com/KS/gardner-ks/catalog.
The Mission’s health clinic reopens
The Johnson County Department of Health and the Environment has reopened the Mission’s walk-in health clinic at 6000 Lamar Ave. with limited hours and services. The Mission clinic will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00 to noon and 12:30 to 16:00 and will only provide vaccinations, pregnancy tests and limited contraceptive services. All walk-in services, including TB testing, will continue to be available at the Olathe Walk-In Clinic at 11875 S. Sunset Drive.
The Olathe and Mission Clinics will close February 7-8 and February 14-16 for staff training on a new electronic health record system. The outpatient clinic of the Mission will be closed again on 21 and 22 March for staff training. The WIC offices in Mission will continue to be open Monday through Friday.
Home improvement grants available in PV
The 2023 Grant Programs to Help Improve Prairie Village Residences will begin accepting applications online on February 1. Grants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit pvkansas.com/grants
Olathe Spelling Bee attendees
More than 45 spellers are expected to compete February 16 in the Olathe Public Schools Spelling Bee in Summit Trail Middle School, 22201 W. 118th St., Olathe. Doors will open at 7:45am Competition will begin at 8:30am Bee winner will be eligible to participate in the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee.