July 2017 Around Town

Deckorators Offers New 
Distressed Decking

A popular trend right now in indoor flooring, particularly in kitchens and baths, is wide plank distressed wood flooring. Deckorators new distressed decking allows you to bring that same trend to your deck. Why not bring the inside out?

As decks have become grand outdoor living spaces more women have been involved in these purchasing decisions and want to add an element of style to their backyards. The distressed decking is appealing to both genders. Deckorators is the only manufacturer that has captured a natural distressed look. We offer two rich tones of Riverhouse (dark brown tone- hint of redwood) and Smokehouse (medium tone gray-hint of charcoal) that appeal to anyone’s flavor palette.

Our industry leading 25-25-25 warranty (25 year: structural, stain & fade, removal & replacement) allows homeowners to invest in their deck with confidence. The decking is widely available in lumberyards throughout the KC Metro area. For a yard closest to you please visit the “Where to Buy” section on the Deckorators website, Deckorators.com.

St. Therese Focuses on STEM

“I feel like I’m working at Google!”

The above quote, said by one of the students at St. Therese Catholic School, is a great introduction to the two STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) labs at St. Therese. In the lab spaces, all of K-8 students have the chance to utilize design based thinking, as well as the ‘4 C’s of Future Ready Learning’’: creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking. Students create solutions to real-world problems as well as express their understanding of content knowledge from their homerooms.

In the upper STEM lab, students had a “Builders and Makers Day” this year. Parent and community volunteers came in and designed projects around a certain challenge with students. Ms. Julie Gardner, a K-4 technology teacher, designed challenges for each grade level. One grade had to create a home that the ‘Big Bad Wolf’ could not blow down using found materials. Another grade was tasked with designing an animal habitat, and another grade had to build the tallest tower they could only using found materials. On the last day of classes, first graders created a path for a small robot called Ozobot to follow and visit landmarks in the story of “The Three Little Pigs”, reviewing their literacy standards for sequencing and reading comprehension.

In the lower STEM lab, middle school students have been busy with robotics and 3D printing. Specifically, students have designed robots to solve real world problems. For example, students were tasked with designing a robot that could deliver supplies to areas where it isn’t safe for humans, or create robots that can rescue those in need. Mrs. Cathy Mulligan, a middle school technology teacher, is also forming an extracurricular robotics competition club next year. Students have also been designing solutions using a 3D printer. Remember fidget spinners? One of the middle school students researched, designed and 3D printed one of his own!

Liberty at Shoal Creek Hosts 
Grand Opening

Liberty at Shoal Creek, a new luxury rental housing development located at 8800 NE 82nd Street (southeast corner of the intersection of NE 82ndTerrace and Farley Avenue) in the Northland of Kansas City, Missouri, held its ribbon cutting Grand Opening event on May 23rd. Mike Rainen, Kansas City businessman and real estate developer of the property, leads a group of Kansas City investors in this new development. Kansas City Mayor Sly James helped cut the ribbon and spoke at the event. In attendance were representatives of the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Bank, Yaeger Architects, Straub Construction, and residents and visitors. More than 200 participated in the festivities.

Liberty at Shoal Creek is a luxury rental housing development for residents “55 years old and better”, located on six acres at 8800 NE 82nd Street, just west of Liberty. The three-story, mid-rise building has a prairie-style aesthetic with 185 beautifully appointed one and two-bedroom apartments, featuring eight-floor plans. Professionally landscaped, there is a secure private interior courtyard containing a putting green, trellised seating areas, three outdoor grills and more. Rich with amenities, Liberty at Shoal Creek includes an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, a fully-equipped fitness center, a sports lounge with big screen TVs, a 26-seat movie theater, a large game room, a library, an arts and crafts center, music rooms, a business center, two guest suites, and more. The property includes additional land for a planned 2nd phase for approximately 60 residential units and additional parking.  For more information, visit LibertyAtShoalCreek.com.

Community America 
and Junior Achievement Team Up to Educate

CommunityAmerica Credit Union and Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City recently launched JA Finance Park Virtual, an innovative online financial education program in the Liberty Public School District on June 5. The 6-week program will serve 8th grade students in Liberty and will expand to serve middle and high school students across the metro this fall. The program provides a hands-on learning opportunity to help students understand the impact of educational, financial and lifestyle decisions in a fun and relevant way.

JA Finance Park Virtual is offered through support from CommunityAmerica Credit Union, the local presenting sponsor. Kathryn Harvel, Executive Director of the CommunityAmerica Foundation shared, “CommunityAmerica is dedicated to helping members of the Kansas City community achieve financial peace-of-mind, and an important part of that is providing our youth with the necessary tools to develop solid money management skills early in life. We are proud to support this innovative approach to bring real-world financial applications to local students.”

To learn more about Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City visit JAGKC.org.