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Buy wristbands now for Gardner Boo Bash on Oct. 25

In two Gardner Edgerton secondary schools, students and teachers collaborated on the art work.
In two Gardner Edgerton secondary schools, students and teachers collaborated on the art work. Courtesy photo

Buy wristbands now for Gardner Boo Bash

Gardner Parks and Recreation will host the 22nd annual Boo Bash from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at Celebration Park, where kids 12 and under can enjoy games, candy and popcorn, a haunted trail ride, a photo booth and a fire-eating contest.

Kids can also decorate pumpkins at home and enter them in a contest.

Wristbands are on sale for $2 through Oct. 25 at the Parks and Recreation window at City Hall, 120 E. Main St. They’ll cost $4 the night of the event. Parents don’t need a wristband, but kids do.

Celebration Park is at 32501 W. 159th St. The rain date is Oct. 29. Learn more at www.gardnerboobash.com.

Restroom art reinforces character lessons

Students and teachers at Gardner Edgerton High School and Pioneer Ridge Middle School have decorated bathroom stalls in an effort to promote school values and character traits. They also believe the quotes and motivational art work will remind students that they are unique, important and valued, the district said.

The idea arose from recurring conversations about how to continually expose students to character education.

Fire department invites you in

From noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14, the Olathe Fire Department will open Fire Station #1 to the public.

Visitors can spray water from a fire hose, see crash rescue demonstrations at 1 and 3 p.m., look over vehicles and the rest of the station, learn Sidewalk CPR, get a free blood pressure check and flu shot (shots for ages 12 and up while supplies last) and talk with experts about safety, disaster preparedness and Community Emergency Response Teams.

Enjoy free refreshments, too. The station is at 501 East Old 56 Highway.

A playwright of distinction

LyLena Estabine, junior at Olathe Northwest High School, is a member of The Coterie’s annual Young Playwrights’ Roundtable, allowing her to write and develop plays in a series of workshops

Some roundtable members will earn a production or staged reading on The Coterie’s main stage.

“LyLena has consistently demonstrated an affinity for writing,” said Olathe Northwest Principal Chris Zuck. “We are so proud of her past accomplishment, her talent and her acceptance for this opportunity.”

Olathe teacher elected to national theater board

Olathe South High School theater director David Hastings has been elected to a three-year term on the Educational Theatre Association Board of Directors.

“David Hastings does an incredible job directing the theater department at Olathe South, and we are extremely fortunate to have his leadership for our students,” said Clint Albers, Olathe South principal. “David’s election to the EdTA board is a reflection of his excellent leadership and the high regard in which he is held by those involved in theater around the country.”

Hastings recently produced the Kansas Thespian All-State Musical.

Cops ’n Bobbers

Kids can fish with police officers at Cops ’n Bobbers, from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 at Cedar Lake Park, 15500 S. Lone Elm Road. Fishing supplies will be provided while supplies last.

Besides enjoyment of outdoor fishing, the event aims to strengthen bonds between children and law enforcement and promote respect for the environment.