Your Monday NewsLink for the week of October 26, 2020. The Lee's Summit R-7 School District expands in-person learning; honors for the 2019-2020 LSW Volleyball team & local JROTC units; Lee' Summit CARES helps families talk about suicide prevention & more.

NICK: Hello and welcome to Lee’s Summit Town Hall and your Monday News Link presented by Budget Blinds of Lee’s Summit and The Historic Browning Guest House. I am Nick Parker and with me is the Historic Browning’s Liesl Hays.

LIESL: Each week, we'll take a few minutes to give you the news, happenings, and events around Lee's Summit.

NICK: In messages to families in the district, the Lee's Summit R-7 School District has announced a change in it's learning model, allowing students in grades 4-6 to begin 100 percent in person learning beginning Nov. 16. As a part of this decision, the district will also allow elementary students who had opted for online learning, to change their model and move to in-person learning before the end of the semester. Initially, those choosing on-line were asked to commit to the entirety of the semester, which ends January 22. See for more details.

LIESL: The 2019-2020 Lee’s Summit West High School volleyball team received national recognition for its team grade-point average. With a 3.674 GPA, the LSW team was among just 464 high school girls teams to earn the Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

NICK: Forty-five students across the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District received national awards from the U.S. Air Force JROTC. The JROTC program seeks to develop citizens of character who are dedicated to serving their nation and community. Go to for a full list of the awards and students who were honored.

LIESL: Lee’s Summit CARES will present a free webinar focusing on a three-step, evidence-based approach to beginning a conversation with someone who may be having thoughts of suicide. “QPR — Question, Persuade, Refer: How to start the conversation about suicide” will be offered at 4 p.m. Nov. 17 through the nonprofit coalition’s Positive Parenting Practices. Registration is required, visit for more details.

NICK: As we move another week closer to the Feed Lee's Summit virtual gala on Nov. 12, the Lee’s Summit Town Hall podcast turns to the second of four local assistance agencies benefited by the event. Coldwater of Lee's Summit Executive Director Monica Humbard joined me for a conversation about the agency and the people it serves. Find the Lee’s Summit Town Hall podcast on most of your favorite podcast apps or on our web site at

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