Pens Across the Northland program forges cross-generational links with ink

As part of Pens Across the Northland, fifth-graders from St. Patrick School exchanged correspondence with a group of seniors in the Northland Shepherd’s Center’s Learning & Laughter club, giving the seniors a chance to recount their experiences and memories and connecting the 10- and 11-year-olds with an older generation. The pen pals met face-to-face at a party May 13.


Live updates, stats from tonight’s Royals-Yankees game

Follow along on your desktop or mobile device during Tuesday night’s Royals-Yankees game for live stats and updates from Andy McCullough, The Star’s Royals beat reporter, and other Star sportswriters and editors. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. Central on Fox Sports Kansas City.


Olathe’s Vanya Shivashankar is the only five-time competitor at this year’s national spelling bee

Bee watchers consider Vanya, an eighth-grader at California Trail Middle School, a top contender. Her sister, Kavya, won the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 13-year-old Vanya is one of four top spellers from the Kansas City area in the competition.

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