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The KCPS technology team will now be distributing digital devices for students from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the BOE building, which is located at 2901 Troost Avenue in Kansas City, MO.

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King Elementary Earns Award from Junior Achievement

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Ray Weikal

Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City (JAKC) has announced that Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School is receiving its 2020 JA In A Day (JA1D) School of the Year Award.

The recognition is part of the organization’s JAKC Forging Futures Awards, which recognizes a few of the many passionate Junior Achievement volunteers who strive to show kids what's possible each year, according JAKC staff member Sara Swearingen.

“These schools, volunteers, companies go above and beyond to ignite a spark in the next generation of Kansas City leaders, thinkers, and doers,” Swearingen said.

The JA1D program focuses on having professionals volunteer in schools to spend a day teaching financial literacy and creative entrepreneurship classes for students. The goal is to promote positive mentor relationships for students and local business professionals.

Swearingen praised everyone at King Elementary for their participation in the program. She highlighted the efforts of school staff members Elizabeth Otiker and Kathy Alder, Principal Dana-Mae Abram and Vice Principal John Williams for doing an extraordinary job of organizing their school’s JA1D event and making it a great experience for volunteers.

“Martin Luther King Elementary School students, teachers, administrators and staff went the extra mile to make their JA-in-a-Day volunteers feel welcome and appreciated,” Swearingen said. “To top this all off, the school's students were exceedingly well behaved and engaged with JA activities and mentors.”

Visit or email to find out how to serve as a JAKC volunteer. Visit to learn more about how to serve as a mentor for students in Kansas City Public Schools.

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