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Sheriff’s office pioneer named to HHS Wall of Fame

Kindergarten teachers at Creekmoor Elementary School dressed as 100-year-old teachers on Feb. 4: (from left) Liz Oldham, Elise Schnarr and Amy Russell.
Kindergarten teachers at Creekmoor Elementary School dressed as 100-year-old teachers on Feb. 4: (from left) Liz Oldham, Elise Schnarr and Amy Russell. Courtesy photo

Sheriff’s office pioneer named to HHS Wall of Fame

Denise (Massie) Davidson, who was the first full-time female patrol deputy in the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, is being inducted this weekend into the Harrisonville High School Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame.

The 1981 graduate will become the 52nd inductee during court-warming activities on Feb. 15.

Davidson recently retired recently after more than 30 years in law enforcement. After starting as a dispatcher for the sheriff’s office, she advanced corporal, detective, detective sergeant, lieutenant and captain.

She served on the Metropolitan Area Major Case Squad and the Cass County Child Fatality Review Board and conducts victim advocacy programs — many with Kim Case, an abduction and rape victim, whom Davidson interviewed during the investigation many years ago.

“The compassion and professionalism showed to me during the long interviews that took place after I escaped from my captors changed my life,” Case said. “The most important words that have ever been spoken to me were uttered by then Deputy Davidson that day: ‘I believe you, this is not your fault.’ Those words freed me to trust again.”

In 2017, Davidson received the 2017 Enoch B. Morelock Award for outstanding moral character and service to law enforcement and her community. It’s presented annually by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee.

She also has been active outside law enforcement, overseeing the American Cancer Society-Cass County Relay for Life and serving on the boards of Hope Haven of Cass County, the Blue Notes and Harrisonville Athletic booster club, the Nazarene Church Daycare and Bright Futures Harrisonville.

Davidson will be honored during a public reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in the high school library. She will be introduced between the junior varsity and varsity Wildcat basketball games that night at approximately 7 p.m.

How much is 100?

In many school districts, educators use the 100th day of school as an opportunity for service, numerical instruction and fun.

In the Raymore-Peculiar district, that day fell on Feb. 4.

By trying to collect 100 cans of food for the needy, kindergartners at Stonegate Elementary School got a better idea of just how big that number is. They surpassed their goal.

The learning multiplied when their teachers formed the 10 x10 Construction Company.

And the fun part? Students at Creekmoor Elementary came to school and saw that some teachers had suddenly aged by dressing as centenarians.

Christian College Fair is Feb. 25

Families interested in a religious-based college education are invited to the 2019 Kansas City Area Christian College Fair scheduled for Feb. 25 in Lee’s Summit.

More than 20 colleges and universities will be represented at the fair, sponsored by the North American Coalition for Christian Professionals. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the secondary gymnasium at Summit Christian Academy, 1500 S.W. Jefferson St.

All high school students and their families are invited.

Belton schools recognized for character

Two Belton schools are among 87 schools and three districts across the country to be designated State Schools of Character for 2019.

Cambridge Elementary School and Hillcrest STEAM Academy were announced as honorees on Jan. 28 by Character.org, a national group that promotes character in communities. The designation recognizes schools for focusing on character development in a way that improves academic achievement, student behavior and school climate.

The Belton schools will now be considered for Character.org’s highest distinction: a National School of Character.

Kentucky Trail Elementary, Mill Creek Upper Elementary and Grace Early Childhood Center have previously earned both state and national recognition from Character.org.

Need a bed? Harrisonville High is selling them

If your bed has seen better days, you can replace it and raise money for the band programs at Harrisonville High School, where a mattress sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 24.

More than 28 floor models will be on display for customers to try. Adjustable power bases, premium pillows, bed frames and mattress protectors will be available as well.

Brands include Simmons Beautyrest, Southerland, Therapedic and Intellibed. All beds are available in all sizes, come with factory warranties and are manufactured to order. Delivery and disposal of the old beds are available.

This will be the third time that Harrisonville High has hosted this kind of fundraiser, which gives purchasers the chance to save money. For quick information about the sale, text SLEEPY HARRISONVILLE to 797979

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