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SLMS Raises $1,100 For 
Diabetes Research

Summit Lakes Middle School recently raised more than $1,100 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The fundraising effort was organized by Allyson Moore, eighth-grader.

Allyson wrote letters, solicited prizes, facilitated meetings with helpers and met with school staff members to coordinate a drawing during lunch shifts. In addition, the eighth grader created a presentation for students to view in their home room as well as other promotional materials. Prizes included: PS4 Gaming system, Royals tickets, World Series memorabilia, autographed jerseys, Kansas City Chiefs school supplies, movie night basket, cash, and a gift card tree.

“I personally got into helping with JDR because of my best friend, AnnGrace,” Allyson says. “She has type 1 diabetes.”

Allyson added that her main purpose was to create awareness, share information and raise money to help with research. Students donated $1 for each drawing ticket, and JDRF paper shoes were signed and displayed by those who donated.

Michelle Uptegrove Named LS R-7 Teacher of the Year

Michelle Uptegrove, life skills teacher at Cedar Creek Elementary, was named Lee’s Summit R-7 School District 2016 Teacher of the Year during a surprise announcement at an April 6 community reception. The reception also recognized 12 R-7 teachers who were named Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Excellence In Teaching Award winners earlier this spring.

Twelve Teachers Receive Chamber’s Excellence In Teaching Awards

Twelve Lee’s Summit School District educators were recently named Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Excellence In Teaching award winners. Recognized teachers were Sarah Courtney, LSNHS;  Kimberly England, LSNHS; Ashley Furnell, Great Beginnings Early Education; Melissa Gouldsmith, Woodland Elementary; Joseph F. Keeney, LSNHS and Bernard Campbell Middle School; Steve Lanier, Longview Farm Elementary; Jewelee Lukowski, Summit Lakes Middle School; Karen Marlborough, Woodland Elementary; Stu Reece, Bernard Campbell Middle School, Jenny Reidlinger, Mason Elementary and Richardson Elementary; Lacey Rozycki, Summit Pointe Elementary; and Michelle Uptegrove, Cedar Creek Elementary.

The recognized teachers were selected by a committee composed of R-7 staff and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and the business community. Excellence In Teaching winners are finalists for the Teacher of the Year program and will participate in an interview with the selection team.

Tour de Lakes 2016 Registration 
Now Open

The 15th Annual Tom Logan Memorial bike ride, Tour de Lakes, will take place on Saturday, June 25. The ride begins at 7 a.m., rain or shine, at the Longview Recreation Center  (3801 SW Longview Park Dr., Lee’s Summit, MO 64081).  Riders can choose from four different routes: a 10 mile ride around Longview Lake, 30 & 56 mile rides around Longview, Raintree, and Lakewood Lakes. Avid riders can try the 64 mile ride touring all five lakes: Longview, Raintree, Lakewood, Blue Springs, and Lake Jacomo.

Tour de Lakes is a fully supported ride. The cost of the ride is $25 for those registered by Thursday, June 24, and $30 the day of the ride. Riders 13 and younger qualify for a discounted registration fee ($20/$25 respectively). Register by Sunday, June 12, to secure your commemorative t-shirt and goodie bag. Each rider must be 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult. Approved bicycle helmets are required for all riders as well as a signed waiver before their ride begins.

Proceeds from Tour de Lakes benefit Legacy for Parks Foundation. For more information or to register, visit 
or call  Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation at 816.969.1500.

Beautiful, Reclaimed Wood Available at Urban Lumber

Thinking about a home remodel job or in the market for custom furniture? Make Urban Lumber your first stop when shopping for quality, hard lumber. Tim O’Neill, one of three owners, is passionate about making the most of our natural resources—specifically discarded local trees that would otherwise end up in a mulch pile.

Take a walk through the Urban Lumber showroom downtown and you’ll see some beautiful, locally harvested hardwood. Each board, with its unique groves and markings, is labeled with its place of origin. A recent “find” that O’Neil is excited about is a grove of trees removed from the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence to make room for new development. Those trees are now on site, drying, and will soon be made into usable lumber for people wanting a piece of KU in their homes.

Get Ideas Adopted

The Overflow Storytelling Lab produces multimedia content to accelerate the adoption of ideas. Using expertise in story structure, diffusion of innovation and behavioral change, Overflow specializes in launching strategic initiatives, speaker development, and propelling social causes in healthcare, government, and education.

“There is an overflow of great ideas. The problem with innovation is adoption, not discovery. The amount of time to get an innovation to people is just too long. We help close that gap.”

The Lab is the creative collaboration of founders Shane Brethowr, Tammy Broaddus and Jeff Short. Their passion to help people use storytelling to get an idea adopted is contagious. Their services—focused on strategically communicating ideas for corporate, individual or social good–include written, verbal and visual storytelling. Their work ranges from consulting to short documentaries. To learn more, join the next storytelling workshop on May 5 and visit them at

LSNHS Families Host Students from Argentina and Chile

Families from Lee’s Summit North High School recently hosted students and adult mentor/teachers from Argentina and Chile. A total of 13 students and two adults from South America visited the Lee’s Summit area March 22 through April 2.

This exchange was coordinated in association with Global Ties of Kansas City and is sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Students from Argentina and Chile developed leadership skills by meeting with local nonprofit organizations, participating in workshops and volunteering during their stay. The Chilean and Argentinean group also interacted and presented to Spanish students at Lee’s Summit North High School. The visit was coordinated by Robin Villa, LSNHS Spanish teacher and Lee’s Summit R-7 Modern Language Department chair.

LSNHS’s Tricia Lillygren Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame

Tricia Lillygren, a teacher and coach at Lee’s Summit North High School, was inducted into the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Lillygren teaches math at LSNHS, is head coach for girls basketball and assistant coach for girls softball. She has worked for LSNHS for 21 years and previously worked at Raytown South High School. Her career basketball coaching record is 365-226, and her basketball record at LSNHS is 340-212. In addition, she has led her teams to six conference championships, four district championships and four Final Four appearances including a state championship in 2002.

Lillygren has coached several players who have gone on to achieve success at the collegiate and/or professional level including two DiRenna Award winners, Christie Brown and Claire Coggins, as well as six players who received a total of 11 All-State recognitions.

Celebrate Local Artist’s Work

Megan Leong grew up in Lee’s Summit and currently lives in Independence with her husband and 3-year-old daughter. She is a painter and has loved creating things for as long as she can remember. She studied art at University of Central Missouri and Kendall College of Art and Design (MFA). She has shown in galleries in Michigan, Chicago and Kansas City, and also sells select work online through Etsy and Minted. She recently exhibited at the Kansas City Artist Coalition, Art Westport, Plaza Art Fair and Prairie Village Art Fair. Her work is in corporate and private collections nationwide.

Lutheran High School of KC Senior Named National Merit Scholar Finalist

LHSKC Senior Rebekah Hinrichs was selected as a National Merit Scholar Finalist. She is the daughter of Kurt and Alice Hinrichs.

Hinrichs is valedictorian of her class, is an Academic All-State and award-winning athlete participating in volleyball, cross country, basketball, track & field, (holds school record in 800m and 1600m) , active in student council, National Honor Society, hand bell choir, the school musicals and plays.  She plans to attend Concordia University where she will major in graphic design.

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