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Save Our Neighborhood Schools (SONS) records

Call Number: RH MS 1292


Save Our Neighborhood Schools (SONS) was an organization in Lawrence, Kansas created to fight against the proposed closures of elementary schools in Unified School District (USD) 497. The collection includes art, flyers, press releases, newspaper articles, and photographs related to efforts by parents and other community members to save the schools, dating primarily from 2009-2010.


  • Creation: 1995-2010 (bulk 2009-2010)


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Copyright remains with the donor.

History of Save Our Neighborhood Schools

In 2010, the Unified School District 497 School Board of Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas nearly agreed to close New York and Cordley Elementary Schools due to budget cuts, but the fervent efforts of an organization formed and called Save Our Neighborhood Schools (SONS) helped prevent this.

The group focused particularly on researching and providing the school board with credible alternative budget options; engaging concerned parents and other community members and encouraging them to show up to school board meetings, marches, and rallies; and building relationships of trust with the school board.

Another event put on by the organization was an exhibit at the Percolator in Lawrence from January 30 to February 5, 2010, displaying the schools' vibrant histories as well as artwork made by students attending the affected schools; this exhibit was later that spring displayed at the Lawrence Arts Center.

The schools were not closed, though the East Heights Childcare Center was moved to Kennedy School. SONS received an award from the Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice in 2010 for its efforts, and over the course of 2010 the organization faded, its primary purpose completed.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 document cases + 10 oversize folders, 1 oversize box, 8 compact discs)

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes material related to the Save Our Neighborhood Schools group's organization, planning, and execution of events, including the March to Save Our Schools and the Save Our Schools art exhibit at The Percolator, a project space in downtown Lawrence, Kansas dedicated to bringing new art and cultural events to audiences in Lawrence and Douglas County.

Physical Location

RH MS 1292

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1292

Physical Location

RH MS R339

Physical Location

RH MS R340

Physical Location

RH CD 34

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Lora Jost, 2013.


Guide to the Save Our Neighborhood Schools Collection
Save Our Neighborhood Schools [SONS] records
Finding aid prepared by hc, 2013; revised by mwh, 2017.
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Preferred citation
Save Our Neighborhood Schools records, RH MS 1292, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States