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Bedell at Graduations 2020

On Thursday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on an incentive package for BlueScope, a billion-dollar multinational corporation. After a 100 percent property tax abatement for 20 years, they want 13 more, holding the City Council hostage by saying they might move to Kansas.

And what they want is the continuation of a deal that has already disproportionately impacted the funding of Kansas City’s schools, libraries and mental health resources.

Jontell Washington Student of LCPA

Jontell Washington is a builder.

In his case, Jontell knows how to build bridges across linguistic gaps. A member of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy’s Class of 2020, he is one of 59 scholars from across Kansas City Public Schools who earned their Missouri Seal of Biliteracy this year.

Tyrell Wooddard in Model 717 at MINDDRIVE

 Tyrell Woodard is a magician.

With a blowtorch and his brain, Tyrell can craft innovative objects that combine every element of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. He can build cars that require no fossil fuels.

Essay Board student Sofia Murasi

Last fall, Mr. Odam conceived of a college essay board comprised of KCPS staff members who would donate their time and expertise to help students perfect their compositions. The idea was to tap into the considerable talent that can be found across Team KCPS.

Morgan McPartland teacher of Carver

May 4-8, 2020, is Teacher Appreciation Week. Everything we do in Kansas City Public Schools revolves around the relationships between our teachers and our students. I want to express my gratitude for the work our teachers do every day.

Gladstone Elementary to Celebrate Families with Car Parade

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Morgan Jones

Kansas City, May 20, 2020:  Don’t be surprised if you see a bunch of bears driving through Kansas City’s historic Northeast Neighborhood.

Gladstone Elementary Grizzles Logo

Gladstone Elementary School, home of the Grizzlies, will be celebrating its families and the end of the 2019-2020 academic year with a parade of cars driven by school leaders and staff and Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 21.

Parade participants will gather at 4 p.m. at the school to start decorating their vehicles in school colors (royal purple and silver). Gladstone Elementary is located at 335 N. Elmwood Ave. in Kansas City, Mo. The parade will begin by heading north on Elmwood Avenue to Gladstone Avenue, then one block east to Lawn Avenue and south to Independence Avenue.

The entire parade route will wind its way through the school’s attendance area, including a pass by Northeast High School. The goal of the parade is to give Gladstone Elementary staff the opportunity to see as many of their families as possible along the way, according to Principal Dana Carter.

 Gladstone Elementary School Principal Dana Carter

“Even with having to close our school building due to COVID-19, we’ve still had a great year and we miss our families,” Ms. Carter said. “We see this as a chance to close out our school year in a really positive way by celebrating our students, families and staff!”

Family members are encouraged to wave, make noise and show their school pride, while staying on their own property and adhering to safe social distancing guidelines. The parade’s progress can be tracked in real-time on the day of the event by downloading the Glympse application and searching for the ID tag “GladstoneParade.”

Visit to learn more about Gladstone Elementary School.

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