Community

Lake Highland Park at North Buckner and East Northwest Highway will receive new playground equipment by January 2012. The city is spending $128,000 on the project from the 2006 Park and Recreation improvements fund.

Education

Mary Margaret Johnson, senior at Lake Highlands High School, was the only girl to participate in the Pete Sessions Leadership and Growth Program with nine boys. The students were chosen for the one-week program to learn about the inner workings of the federal government and tour the capital city.

Richardson ISD is set to begin the school year Aug. 22 after two weeks of new teacher orientation and staff development. Elementary registration is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 9-12. For information, call 469.593.0000.

People

Local dancer Chris Koehl is a contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance”, the popular Fox dance competition show. Chris has been dancing at Dallas Ballet Company since he age 10 and has performed in several productions, including “The Nutcracker” and “La Fille Mal Gardee (The Wayward Daughter)”.

Lake Highlands’ Lowry Manders created a “mommymanders” blog, mommymanders.wordpress.com, which cleverly illustrates the everyday struggles moms often face, along with some useful advice for coping and succeeding. The blog is part of Manders’ marketing strategy for her new business, through which the writer, childhood development expert, music teacher and budding mom-trepreneur will offer classes in parenting and teaching.