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Good Samaritan kudos, social media at CMS, and an artsy fundraiser

News and notes from around town:

• The Bonner Springs Parks and Recreation Department told me that on Saturday, Aug. 18, Bonner resident Jason Bowman donated his skills and repaired the roof of the gazebo in Lions Park. Some shingles had blown off and needed replacing. Jason is a coach in the Summer Ball program and owner of GC Property Maintenance, LLC. “He saw a need and stepped up to the plate,” Skip Dobbs, department director, said. “Parks and Recreation really appreciates citizens like Jason stepping up and assisting us.”

• We ran a story in yesterday’s paper about the use of Social Media in area schools, and districts’ policies regarding that. The story mostly addressed its use at the high school level. USD 204 Superintendent Robert VanMaren explained the district hadn’t developed a policy and didn’t encourage it at this time, and we listed that the high school doesn’t have a Facebook page. However, Clark Middle School does, as well as a Twitter account: @CMSPantherPride. The school began using social media last year with the Facebook page that is updated and managed by a parent. Its Twitter account just began this year and has been used to send out event reminders and communicate with parents and students. I should also mention that Bonner Springs Elementary School and the PTOs for all three elementary schools have Facebook pages, as do a few other district-related groups, like Bonner Springs Cross Country and the BSE Watch D.O.G.S.

• I saw this on the Bonner Springs Elementary Facebook page and shared it on The Chieftain’s page, but I thought I’d mention it again: BSHS senior Winter Luttrell is raising money to benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital during Tiblow Days with “The Art of Giving,” an art sale and auction. The show starts today at 5 p.m. at 113 W. 2nd St in Bonner and continues at 9 a.m. tomorrow. There will be close to 50 works of art from professional artists, teachers and students. Those who attend can help by placing a few dollars in the donation box or by bidding on an item. There also will be music, on site drawing, and face painting at the event. The proceeds will be used specifically for children who cannot afford treatment, as well as pediatric research.

August 24, 2012

Heard in Bonner

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