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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.

‘Summerfest: Drive-Thru Edition’ to Prep KCPS Kids for Classes

Ray Weikal

The Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation is partnering with public health providers to ensure that KCPS students are ready to engage in learning when classes start on Sept. 8.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we’re going to stay safe and help prepare our students for classes by hosting “Summerfest: Drive-Thru Edition.” KCPS students can complete a mandatory pre-registration for this event in order to get a backpack with school supplies free of charge.

Summerfest: Drive-Thru Edition will be held at two different locations and dates in August:

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22 at East High School (1924 Van Brunt Blvd., Kansas City, MO)
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at Southeast High School (3500 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, MO)

Summerfest: Drive-Thru Edition is for families with KCPS students only. Families must pre-register to participate by visiting Personal Protective Equipment will be used and social-distancing guidelines followed by everyone who participates.

Immunizations, lead testing and other student health services will also be provided on-site. There are a limited number of timeslots available for the student health services and they will be reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis. The public health partners for this event include Swope Health Services, Children’s Mercy, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, Truman Medical Center, the Kansas City Health Department and the KC Care Clinic

Visit for more information about Summerfest-Drive-Thru Edition and for a link to register for this event.