Cass County Democrat Missourian

Harrisonville kindergarten students focused on community helpers

Harrisonville kindergartners met firefighters, and a ladder truck, as part of their unit on community helpers.
Harrisonville kindergartners met firefighters, and a ladder truck, as part of their unit on community helpers. Courtesy photo

The butcher, the baker.....

Harrisonville kindergarten students spent time this fall learning about community helpers — and met some from the Harrisonville Fire Department.

The firefighters brought their ladder truck to the school for the kids to see. Then they went back inside the Early Childhood Center for instruction on smoke detectors and how to stop, drop and roll in the event of a fire.

The unit concluded with a Community Helper Parade, for which students dressed as their favorite helper including veterinarians, bakers and teachers. Before the parade, the children gave their classmates a primer about their helper.

Ray-Pec kids urged to take ‘charge’

What good is a school-issued computer if it’s out of juice? Not much.

That’s why Library Media Specialist Nikki Brewer has adopted the persona of Charger Queen at Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School.

Wearing a red apron, crown and Chromebook Charger sash, she’s been known to carry a clipboard into classrooms and bestow Character Counts rewards on students who have their chargers with them.

When students are responsible with their chargers, they come to class ready to learn on their Chromebooks. It also reduces demand on the extra chargers kept in the classrooms.

Cass Career student honored

Fire science student Katelynn Jungling, a senior from Raymore-Peculiar High School, is the Student of the Month for October at Cass Career Center.

“Katelynn is the consummate professional and has been a delight to have in class. She excels academically and had a perfect score on the Basic Firefighter End-of-Course exam,” said fire science instructor Bill Shaumeyer. “She works very well with the other students in her group and the class as a whole. She also is a chapter and district leader and officer for Skills USA.”

All-day session goes beyond academics

The public is invited to the second annual Good Neighbors, Strong Community event in mid-November, which aims to reduce risky behaviors and strengthen families in the Raymore-Peculiar community.

The session, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Ray-Pec High School, is sponsored by the Raymore-Peculiar School District, its foundation and Ray-Pec Cares.

Topics will include mental health, the prevention of suicide and substance abuse, internet safety, equipping families to help others who are struggling, helping families with children with special needs, positive parenting strategies and diversity education. People may attend specific presentations or come for the entire day.

Speakers will include Josh Shipp, a former foster child turned youth advocate, and former Kansas City school board member A.J. Crabill, now the Texas Education Agency’s deputy commissioner for governance. He was known on the Kansas City board as Airick Leonard West, but later took the last name of his foster parents.

Child care will be offered to those registered in advance, and lunch will be provided for the first 300 registrants.

Find more information and a registration link at

Informal meeting with school leader

Harrisonville School Superintendent Paul Mensching’s next “Listening Post” event will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Oct. 20 Brick House Coffee, 201 E. Wall St. Community members can meet the new superintendent and offer feedback about the schools.

Ray-Pec Students of the Month

Each month, two civic clubs recognize Students of the Month at Raymore-Peculiar High School.

The Belton-Raymore Rotary Club’s honorees for October are Shane Martin and Becca Bessette. The Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club recognized Kamryn Martin and Trent Oberlander.