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Singing for Seniors

The Bonner Springs Elementary School Choir visited the Bonner Springs Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center Friday for May Day.

“We heard many compliments about our singing,” Rachel Williams, music teacher, said in an email to parents. “The residents said they were cheered up and so happy to see us.”

The choir brought cards, May Day baskets and plants potted by kindergartners and first and second graders. A few older students created cards and signs.

“A couple of residents were moved to tears when we sang, and others laughed, sang along or clapped,” Williams said.

Speaking of choirs, the choirs for all three USD 204 elementary schools will perform the national anthem at Tuesday’s T-Bones game. Some proceeds from ticket sales for the game will go to help the elementary music program in the district.

In other education news, the USD 204 Kansas Teach of the Year Nominating Committees have decided to nominate Kim Nelson and Beau Bragg. The two will be recognized at tonight’s Board of Education meeting.

And finally, speaking of great teachers, the Kansas City, Kansas Rotary Club April 29 recognized outstanding teachers from each of Wyandotte County's nine high schools. Sarah Kolle was the teacher recognized for Bonner Springs High School.

In news from around the “Dotte:”

• A reminder that next weekend is a race weekend at Kansas Speedway; the racetrack will host its first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race on Saturday. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will run under the lights the evening before for the first time on Friday. Activities related to the races also are planned at the Hollywood Casino. Just a heads up in case you wanted to partake, or possibly avoid the area because of the traffic these events can create.

• Legends Outlets Kansas City also announced some more new stores last week. Coach Factory will open as a limited time “pop-up” store May 22 through Labor Day. It will occupy a 6,750-square-foot space between Yard House and Charming Charlie. Other, more permanent tenants announced were: Woody’s Automotive, a “concept store will assist people in finding used vehicles at their desired monthly budget,” on Thursday next to Panera Bread; Nail Envy, a salon and spa, in mid-May next to Payless ShoeSource; and Bath & Body Works — I’m guessing this chain doesn't need explanation — in late May next to Ann Taylor Factory Store.

• The Verrückt at Kansas City Schlitterbahn Waterpark was officially announced as the World’s Tallest Waterslide during a special measuring event recently, at 168 feet 7 inches. The construction of Verrückt is to be featured in Travel Channel's one-hour season premiere of "Xtreme Waterparks," set to air at 7 p.m. June 29.

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