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Father and daughter savor surprise moment together

It looked a lot like Oscar night for students from Longview Farm, pictured, and Mason elementary schools, whose films were recognized at the Reel Spirit Showcase.
It looked a lot like Oscar night for students from Longview Farm, pictured, and Mason elementary schools, whose films were recognized at the Reel Spirit Showcase. Photo provided

As part of an English class at Summit Christian Academy, guests called “surprise readers” have been reading different lines from “Romeo and Juliet.” Students must identify the character, translate the lines and describe their impact on the plot.

On a recent day, students were told to close their eyes to see if they could guess the identity of the surprise reader. It turned out to be Master Sgt. Lincoln McCoy, who had just returned from a three-month deployment with the Air Force. On the spot, his eighth-grade daughter Lauren enjoyed a surprise reunion with her dad.

“We’re so grateful and honored to have so many military families at SCA, who protect us day and night,” said Joe Hesman, SCA secondary principal and director of operations. “We were excited to partner with this family to reunite their father and daughter.”

Greater KC group honors library volunteer

Doris Palmer, a longtime volunteer for the Hazel Grove Elementary School library media center, is being honored May 2 as the winner of the Friends of the Library Award from the Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians.

Palmer began volunteering at Hazel Grove during the 2005-2006 school year when her grandchildren attended the school. Although her grandchildren are now in high school and middle school, Palmer continues to volunteer weekly in the library.

Her husband, Richard, also volunteers and helps each year with the book fair.

‘Challenge Day’ breaks down barriers

Door Systems of Lee’s Summit recently donated $5,000 to Challenge Day at Lee’s Summit West High School, an interactive program held April 2 that encourages acceptance and respect.

This is the fourth year for Challenge Day at the school, where students participate in trust-building activities to gain a fresh perspective on their increasingly diverse group of classmates.

“During Challenge Day I have learned that you are never alone in the situations that you go through,” said Layana Sariah, who has participated in Challenge Day all four years.

“It has also taught me to not judge people from what I see on the outside. People who seem to have it all together or have the perfect life have their own issues, too.”

Need a new bed? Lee’s Summit West will sell them May 5

The Lee’s Summit West High School music programs will host a one-day mattress sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 at the school, 2600 S.W. Ward Road.

About 30 brand-name mattress floor models will be on display. All beds are new, manufactured to order, available in all sizes and have factory warranties. Also being sold are pillows, mattress protectors, frames and adjustable bases.

Unlike most fundraisers, the products are priced lower than at retail stores because of the company’s business model. All forms of payment will be accepted, including layaway and financing.

Young filmmakers honored at ‘Reel Spirit’

Students from a number of Lee’s Summit R-7 elementary schools won awards at Reel Spirit: Young Filmmaker Showcase, held April 14 at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza.

Reel Spirit is the youth division of Kansas City FilmFest. The R-7 winners:

▪ Pleasant Lea Elementary third grade: first place for STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics).

▪ Underwood Elementary second and third grades: first place for commercial.

▪ Underwood fifth and sixth grades: first place for documentary.

▪ Hazel Grove Elementary sixth-grade: second place for animation.

▪ Hazel Grove and Lee’s Summit Elementary second and third grades; second place for fictional news broadcast.

▪ Prairie View Elementary fourth and fifth grades: third place for public service announcement.

▪ Longview Farm Elementary fourth grade: third place for commercial.

▪ Mason Elementary fifth and sixth grades: first place for narrative, second place for commercial and third place for news broadcast.

▪ Richardson Elementary fourth grade: first place for STEAM.

▪ Richardson fifth and sixth grades: second place for commercial.

▪ Hawthorn Hill Elementary (with Blue Springs school): first place for public service announcement.

▪ Hawthorn Hill second and third grades: third place for commercial and first place for narrative.

▪ Hawthorn Hill fourth grade gifted students: third place for narrative.

▪ Sunset Valley Elementary fourth through sixth grades: third place for fictional newscast.

▪ Highland Park Elementary: fourth through sixth grades: second place for fictional newscast and third place for animation.

▪ Westview Elementary second and third grades: second place for narrative.

In addition, Lee’s Summit North High School senior Gigi Harris was asked to be “Ms. Reel Spirit” and conduct the interviews on the red carpet. She won several awards through Reel Spirit as a student at Mason Elementary,

The competition is open to students in second grade through high school. Those whose films place in a category’s top three spot are invited to the Reel Spirit Showcase where they watch their films on the big screen and receive Oscar-style trophies. Students dress up to walk the red carpet and be interviewed about their films.

Woodland Elementary rounds up summer lunch supplies

Led by the school’s Kindness Club, students at Woodland Elementary school recently collected more than 300 pounds of fruit cups, jelly, peanut butter, applesauce, plastic bags, paper lunch bags and spoons for Coldwater, a Lee’s Summit nonprofit that provides food and clothing to those in need.

The 250 donated items will be used for Coldwater’s summer lunch program. Woodland Elementary and Coldwater are paired through the Lee’s Summit R-7 Partners In Education initiative.