More than 600 people turned out Friday morning for the 14th annual Honors Breakfast of the Lansing Educational Foundation.

More than 600 people turned out Friday morning for the 14th annual Honors Breakfast of the Lansing Educational Foundation.

“It's a great day to be a part of the Lansing educational community," said Christine Aus, president of LEF.

Aus said the foundation has supported the Lansing public schools in many ways this year including Educate the Pride grants that were awarded to teachers.

Recipients of these grants were recognized during the breakfast. And other achievements were honored during the event, which took place at Lansing High School.

The breakfast also featured a state of the district address by Superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam.

Stufflebeam said preparing students for four-year colleges is important. But he said school district officials are trying to also provide more options to students who do not want to go to a four-year college.

“And that is also a focus of the state of Kansas,” Stufflebeam said.

The guest speaker at Friday's breakfast was Danni Boatwright.

Boatwright, who is from Tonganoxie, is a former Miss Kansas Teen USA and Miss Kansas USA. She also was the winner of the "Survivor: Guatemala" television program in 2005.

During her remarks, Boatwright talked about overcoming setbacks in life.

“You are going to face adversity,” she said. “You are going to face shut doors.”

During the breakfast, principals recognized groups of students from Lansing Elementary School, Lansing Middle School and Lansing High School for their performance on state assessments and other academic achievements.

Educational support staff of the year and teacher of the year awards also were presented during the breakfast.

Carol Page, a local real estate agent, was presented the Lifetime Educational Achievement Award. She is a member of the LEF's Board of Directors and has supported the Lansing public schools in other ways.

“Thank you all so very much,” she said.

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