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Learning About Lenexa

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The Learning About Lenexa program helps students learn more about the city where they live. We offer this program to third-graders at each of the seven elementary schools in Lenexa. Our staff travel to each of the schools several times during the school year to teach students about buildings and infrastructure, city planning, mapping technology, stormwater management and Santa Fe Trail history. During the History session, Lenexa Historical Society volunteers showcase their restored "Prairie Schooner" Conestoga Wagon and give a presentation about life in early Lenexa. Because of their help, we are able to make history a hands-on experience. The highlight of the Learning About Lenexa program is when the students take a field trip to Lenexa City Hall, where they get to meet the Mayor, learn about budgeting, hold a mock council session, have a Q&A with the Lenexa judge and tour the Police Department.

History

In 1995, several staff members approached the city administrator about the concept of creating an educational program for local schools. With his encouragement, city staff contacted the Shawnee Mission School District about developing a program for their elementary schools. From these discussions, a pilot "Learning About Lenexa" program was developed for the third grade classes at Mill Creek Elementary School. The pilot program was such a success that the District immediately requested the program be expanded to all six of their public elementary schools. The city also offered the program to the private Holy Trinity Catholic School, and, in 2005, to Olathe Public School's Manchester Park Elementary School. Both schools eagerly accepted. To date over 20,000 Lenexa students have participated in this program.