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
Thank you Pictures and Videos
Please email by Saturday May 2, 2020 to email@example.com
Free Weekend Meals
West and Central Middle School Enrollment is Open
Hero of the Week!
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.