Pinckney's Parent Newsletter

May 4-May 8, 2020

Meal Services for Children

The community partnership that is supporting local restaurants while feeding children 18 and under has asked to continue meal service through May 23. Free meals will continue to be available for curbside pickup from 11:00-1:00 Mondays-Saturdays at Hillcrest and Schwegler Elementary Schools and Liberty Memorial Central and Billy Mills Middle Schools. Thank you to our community partners for assisting with these important services. The Lawrence Public Schools Summer Food Service Program will begin June 1.


  • May 4th-8th, 2020- Teacher Appreciation Week!
  • May 18, 2020-5th Grade Recognition on Zoom @ 6:30 (Link coming soon!)
  • Last Day of School May 21, 2020
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Thank you Pictures and Videos

Please send me any pictures, videos, artwork, or cards that students have created in light of Teacher Appreciation Week! Teacher would love to continue to see their faces and hear their voices telling them how much they appreciate and love our Pinckney Teachers.

Please email by Saturday May 2, 2020 to

Free Weekend Meals

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Families may now pick up free weekend meals for children on Saturdays 11:00am-1:00PM at Hillcrest, Schwegler Elementary School, Billy Mills, and Liberty Memorial Central Middle School.


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West and Central Middle School Enrollment is Open

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Hero of the Week!

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Junius Groves

Junius Groves was born into slavery in April 12, 1859, in Louisville, Kentucky. Junius George Groves came to Kansas at the age of 19 as an ex-slave. He worked at meat packing houses and was a share cropper in Armourdale and later moved to Edwardsville, Kansas.

In 1880, Groves began purchasing his own land. He had 80 acres of land and began to raise potatoes. His business prospered and he became known as the "Potato King of the World" because he reportedly grew more bushels of potatoes per acre than anyone else in the world. Junius Groves was one of the wealthiest African Americans in the nation.

At the height of his success he owned more than 500 acres, Groves bought and shipped potatoes, fruits and vegetables extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The family also owned a general merchandise store, was part owner in mines, several Kansas banks, and in the Kansas City Casket and Embalming Company Groves and his wife, Matilda, built a 20-room mansion, which featured the latest comforts of the day—electricity, hot and cold running water, and telephones.In the early 1900s, he founded the community of Groves Center near Edwardsville, selling small tracts of land to African American families. He also built a golf course for African Americans, possibly the first such course in the county.

5th Grade Recognition

May 18, 2020 @ 6:30 PM via Zoom

More information and link to zoom to come as we get closer.
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