Welcome to the Kansas City (KC) Metro newsletter for the 2020-2021 school year. Within this newsletter, you will find updates on the Communities In Schools (CIS) of Mid-America programs currently supporting students and families at local schools within the KC Metro Area, including Shawnee Mission Northwest and Shawnee Mission West High Schools. Read on to learn how CIS empowers students to stay in school and achieve in life.
Andie's Pantry at St. Andrews Church is a ministry in collaboration with Benjamin Banneker Elementary School. The ministry builds relationships with St. Andrew’s families and Banneker families by providing fresh food, pantry staples, and essential household items and delivering it while forming friendships. The drive has evolved over time with a focus on shared power and equity. The grocery fund provides an opportunity for families to receive a budget and shop at their favorite story, selecting food and hygiene items of their choice. If transportation is an issue, CIS of Mid-America can deliver items to families.
CIS Site Coordinator Stanley Taylor acts as the liaison between St. Andrew's Church and the school. During the first year, this program served over 530 families. Thank you to St. Andrew's Church, as well as all of the volunteers, for their donations and support!
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is "building a Christian community where non and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians.” Its vision is “to be used by God to change lives, strengthen churches and transform the world."
Crystalle Green, Site Coordinator at Crossroads Preparatory Academy, is grateful for her partnership with the Church of the Resurrection. Without the support from the church, she would not be able to have the food and supply pantry at the school. In addition to monetary support, the church helps with volunteers to keep the pantry stocked and organized. It also provides monthly transportation from the Harvesters' warehouse to the school.
Learn more about The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection here: https://cor.org/.
Benjamin Banneker Elementary School
Site Coordinator Stanley Taylor hosted Career Week at Banneker and went to school dressed as a painter to show students they can be whatever they choose to be when they grow up. One of his caseload students dressed up as Stanley and said, “I want to be like Mr. Taylor when I grow up!”
Crossroads Preparatory Academy
Site Coordinator Crystalle Green, with the help of her monthly volunteers from the Church of the Resurrection, put together hygiene bags for students and families.
DeLaSalle Charter High School
Site Coordinator Bria Douglas has been busy in her new position at the school. She shadowed Crystalle Green and has been meeting with caseload students and school staff.
Frontier School of Innovation
Site Coordinator Vanessa Apodaca delivered Student of the Week prizes when students came to the building to pick up their PBIS rewards. Vanessa was able to meet additional families and shared CIS information to all of the families who received the grocery gift cards.
George Melcher Elementary School
Site Coordinator Shianna Burgett met with a volunteer group of master gardeners to prepare. Students will grow fresh fruits and veggies while learning where their food comes from.
Guadalupe Center High School
Site Coordinator Katie McClave and the Guadalupe Center staff hosted the March Pantry distribution event. Thirty families came to pick up food and hygiene items and Katie was able to distribute Walmart grocery gift cards.
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School
Site Coordinator T.L. Foster set up a “Meet Mr. Foster” table during lunch one week. Over 260 students came to his table and he was able to share lots of information about Communities In Schools. He also recognized his first Positive Student of the Week.
Shawnee Mission West High School
In an effort to support Shawnee Mission West’s commitment to equity and inclusion, Site Coordinator Shawnta Jeffries donated 13 books written by BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) authors to ensure the students at the school have inclusive literacy choices that resonate with their ethnic, cultural and social identities.
Southeast High School
Site Coordinator LaChelle Nichols has been busy helping students and families with a variety of needs. She has been delivering grocery gift cards, transporting students to get physicals, hosting parent check-ins, and even helped a student get a birth certificate.
Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through school-based coordination, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs.