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Seg. 1: Olathe Schools Use Survey To Prevent Suicide. Seg. 2: New Urban Golf Course Aims To Inspire.

African American Chris Harris seated in front of a KCUR microphone wearing headphones during his interview.
Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Chris Harris still lives in his childhood home located in Harris Park.

Segment 1: A rise in teen suicide has led to a Johnson County, Kansas, school district to make a change. 

The Signs of Suicide initiative, a nation-wide program that school systems can opt into, has been implemented in some Olathe schools this year. It administers a mental health survey to students as a preventive measure against suicide. So far, five high schools have completed training and administrators say the program has already saved lives.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:30: A new golf course on the east side is more than just a sports facility.

Harris Park, at 40th and Wayne, already features five basketball courts, a volleyball court, and minature golf, but come later this month will open a pitch-and-putt golf course. Chris Harris, who started the park with $60 and an empty lot, spoke of the dream he held for years which has resulted in the park opening soon. His focus is not just on sports, but in strengthening the sense of community in the Ivanhoe neighborhood and beyond.

  • Chris Harris, creator of Harris Park

For more information about Harris Park, visit HarrisSportsKC.com.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.