Charter and homeschool families to receive personal invite to “Cruise to Achievement”
Posted by André Riley at 12/5/2013 11:20:00 AM
KANSAS CITY, MO. – The Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) will host its inaugural “Cruise to Achievement” recruiting and retention event on Saturday, Dec. 7, and every student within its borders is invited to attend. Families of charter school and homeschool students are being invited with personal phone calls.
KCPS principals, staff members and parents began making calls to those families during the evening hours on Dec. 4, and will continue through Friday, Dec. 6. In addition to inviting them to the event, the KCPS team is taking a few moments to have an organic discussion about the reasons those families chose other education options, and what KCPS can do to make it better. Superintendent R. Stephen Green will make some of these phone calls himself beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5.
“From my first day as superintendent, it’s been a priority to rebuild the community’s trust and relationship with us,” said Dr. Green. “We are rapidly increasing student achievement, and now is an opportune time to re-introduce ourselves to the community and begin to have conversations with those who have left. The Cruise to Achievement is just one piece of a concerted effort to show all the great things your Kansas City Public Schools are doing for children.”
The “Cruise to Achievement” will be a day full of free food, entertainment, activities, and information about KCPS schools, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Paseo Academy (4747 Flora Ave.). School staff and select administrative departments will be on hand to answer visitors’ questions about vital topics such as teaching and learning, college readiness, Common Core Standards, health and wellness, social services, and extracurricular activities.
Throughout this free event, there will be live performances by KCPS students, as well as by local performers AY-MusiK and H3. Community partners LINC, the Upper Room, Alvin Ailey and KC Young Audiences will run activities and share information about their programs. There will also be free pancakes in the morning and hot dogs in the afternoon. The event is open to all students and families.