A total of 14 area senior citizens participated in a special event hosted March 21 by the Lee's Summit R-7 School District. Through the district's Senior Citizens' School Tour program, the local residents toured Summit Ridge Academy, the district's secondary alternative school.
The event included a tour of the elementary building, lunch and presentations by Summit Ridge principal Burt Whaley and assistant principal Mitch Pycior.
Since the district's Senior Citizens' School Tours began in 2007, more than 350 local seniors have participated in the program. The opportunities are provided to seniors two or three times each school year.
The tours for senior citizens are part of the R-7 School District's Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and were recommended by a community team. Plans call for additional tours to be offered in 2013-14.