Watch DOGS volunteers lend a helping paw in Johnson County schools

The Watch DOGS — Dads of Great Students — puts volunteers in classrooms with the aim of being a positive male influence and an unobtrusive security presence. The national program, part of the Kansas City-based National Center for Fathering, was started in 1998 with the goal of making schools safer but has evolved to include academic support and direct interaction with students, catching on across the country in the process.

Online education company finds its geospatial niche

When longtime friends Joe Paiva and Bob Morris both found themselves out of work in the geospatial industry, they seized the opportunity to finally act on an idea that had been germinating for more than 20 years. Paiva and Morris created GeoLearn, a Lenexa-based online education company that provides professional development courses for those in the surveying, mapping, GIS and related communities.

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