They know the drill: NJROTC programs give high-schoolers important life lessons

The Junior Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs at Shawnee Mission North High School and Shawnee Mission West High School offer students some military training with plenty of life lessons as well. “We’re giving them a bigger view of themselves in this world,” says Dennis Grayless, who leads the program at Shawnee Mission North. “It’s not all about them: It’s about teamwork. That’s life.”

Sweeter by the dozen: Visit Johnson County’s independent doughnut shops

The independent doughnut shops of Johnson County are as mercurial as the very argument about which is the best. And that, in many cases, is why they are beloved. They run out of flavors. They don’t have websites. You better bring cash because credit card machines crush the margins on an 80-cent doughnut. They make you work for something you want.

These volunteers head back to school

In an era where Johnson County schools are asked to do more with less, one group is helping to make that possible: volunteers. Parents and grandparents and community members are taking time off work or coming out of retirement to assist in classrooms and after school programs. In the Shawnee Mission School District alone, 295 volunteers worked 7,478 hours in the 2012-13 school year.