Your Monday NewsLink for the week of September 14, 2020. Lee's Summit R-7 School District counselors and therapists send an open letter to students, UCM-Lee's Summit announces new programs, Lee's Summit CARES moves its parenting classes to a virtual format and more.

NICK: Hello and welcome to Lee’s Summit Town Hall and your Monday News Link presented by Budget Blinds of Lee’s Summit. I am Nick Parker and once again I am joined by 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: Last week, school counselors and educational therapists from throughout the Lee's Summit R-7 School District collaborated on an open letter to local students in support of their social and emotional health. The video letter can be found at

LIESL: As part of its Gigabit Lab, The University of Central Missouri will be launching the Mixed Reality Studio during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November. The studio aims to advance state-of-the-art technology in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) by developing new applications and educating the next generation of researchers, developers, entrepreneurs and technologists while collaborating with industry. See for more details.

NICK: Lee’s Summit CARES will offer two Parenting the Love and Logic Way five-week courses this fall — one for families of school-age children and a second course for parents of young children. In response to the global pandemic, the classes are converting from face-to-face to virtual with each course available in an instructor-led, engaging environment. More details, including a registration link are available at

LIESL: An international partnership involving Lee’s Summit area students and officials from Kenya is launching this fall at the University of Central Missouri. See for more on this exciting project.

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Lee's Summit Town hall is a podcast conversation, produced by Link 2 Lee's Summit, highlighting local issues and people in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Host Nick Parker and guests discuss pertinent issues and topics concerning local residents and introduce listeners to some of the people who help make Lee's Summit a vibrant community. New episodes available every Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

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