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Thacher-a-thon raises awareness

Posted July 1, 2014 at 11:00 pm

By Joe Jarosz
Northeast News
July 2, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – This past Saturday, area residents wanted to show the Kansas City, Mo., Public Schools they cared about their schools in the Northeast.

Even ones that have been shut down. And if that meant waking up early and cleaning the area around Northeast High and Middle School, as well as the perimeter of the former Thacher Elementary School, then that’s what they were going to do.

Beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting until the early afternoon, around 60 community residents participated in the Thacher-A-Thon, a walk to raise awareness for the former elementary school. Community organization Save Thacher, Save Our School orchestrated the walk/clean-up to help raise awareness for the historic building in hopes of saving it from demolition.

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    Press conference announcement. From left: David Cozad, Dr. R. Stephen Green, and John Hile joined other representatives from the KCPS and Académie Lafayette to announce plans for a new charter high school in Kansas City, Mo. Joe Jarosz

    KCPS and charter school partner for new HS

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    June 25, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Bonjour to new opportunities for Kansas City students.

    On Friday, representatives of the Kansas City Public Schools and Académie Lafayette gathered on the Southwest Early College Campus to announce the partnership of a new academically rigorous, foreign-language focused international Baccalaureate charter high school. If approved by Kansas City residents and the respective boards, the partnership, which has been years in the making, will begin in time for the 2015-16 school year at Southwest Early College Campus, 6512 Wornall Road.

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    Window art coming to the Scarritt Neighborhood

     

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    June 25, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – This fall, students are coming back to Scarritt Elementary School.

    No, the former elementary school isn’t reopening. Héctor Casanova, a visiting instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute, is bringing his class to the school’s site to add some art for the neighborhood. And he’s asking for your help with what kind of art the students should create.

    Working in conjunction with Kansas City Public Schools and the Kansas City Art Institute, Casanova

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    Campus re-opens to Northeast community

     

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    June 25, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Students are back on the campus of the former Saint Paul’s School of Theology.

    Last week, summer school programs kicked off for the Guadalupe Centers, Inc. at its new home in the Northeast.

    Carla Medina, staff member for Guadalupe Centers, Inc., said currently, there are 116 students enrolled in the summer program. The students, in grades first through eighth, meet at the campus from as early as 7:30 a.m. to as late as

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    Thacher-A-Thon postponed

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    June 4, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The upcoming event to raise awareness to save the former Thacher Elementary school has been temporarily postponed.

    Planned for Saturday, June 7, the Thacher-A-Thon and walk-a-thon raise awareness for the former school, is being postponed to a yet-to-be determined date. The organizing committee said they need more time to properly plan the event. The idea behind the event is a walk in the neighborhood of Thacher Elementary, 5008 Independence Ave., with walkers ending

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    Graduate students create Renaissance in the Northeast

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    June 4, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – On the outside, run down buildings surrounded by chain link fences and dilapidated sign with letters missing.

    But with a dream, and some examples, students from the capstone architecture graduate studio Design + Make at Kansas State University presented and what could be for the Hardesty Renaissance Mobile Office.

    Led by David Dowell, AIA, a principal with El Dorado inc., the students were tasked last fall to design and develop a sustainable, cost

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    Grant to help bring more soccer to Northeast

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    May 28, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Are you ready for some football Northeast Kansas City?

    Well, not the American version, but the European style, better known to us as soccer.

    With the help of community activist Nancy Simons, the Northeast will soon be the recipient of the Soccer for Success grant, a free after school program that uses soccer as a tool to address children’s health issues and juvenile delinquency, while promoting healthy lifestyles in urban communities. Simons said

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    Exploring in the library’s media lab

     

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    May 21, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Curiosity with technology.

    From 3:30 – 7 p.m., every Tuesday until December at the North-East Library, 6000 Wilson Road, area youth have the opportunity to learn and work with electronics not typically found in schools or in households with the Kansas City Digital Media Lab.

    The labs are open to youth between the ages of 13-18, but Marcus Brown, digital youth engagement associate, said if children are mature enough and show an interest,

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    Fenced and boarded; progress at Thacher

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    May 21, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Drive past the closed Thacher Elementary school and you’ll notice a few changes.

    The windows on the second floor have been boarded up. There’s a gate surrounding the school. Soon, even the graffiti on the building could be gone.

    Nearly two months after getting a six month stay of execution from the Kansas City Public School Board of Education, progress is slowly but surely being made with the former Thacher Elementary School.

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    Looking back on the good times

     

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    May 21, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – On Friday night, the most common, and overheard, phrase heard at the Kansas City Museum was, “Hey, you were in my class!”

    On May 16 and 17th, the Northeast High School Alumni Association celebrated the high school’s centennial with, first a reunion at the Kansas City Museum, followed the next day by a neighborhood festival on the school grounds. Senator Paul LeVota gave the alumni association a proclamation during the morning of the festival.

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