Posted by Missouri Gazette
Posted on August 12, 2017
Kansas City, Missouri–To kick off the 2017 school year, the Kansas City Chiefs will join with City Year Kansas City to welcome Central Academy of Excellence and Central Middle School students back with a high-energy, first day of school pep rally in front of each school. In addition, Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) new Deputy Superintendent Marla Sheppard will join at Central Academy to welcome students to a new school year Monday, August 14, 2017 6:45 AM to 7:20 AM at Central Academy of Excellence.
In August 2015, City Year Kansas City launched its pilot program with 16 AmeriCorps members serving as full-time tutors and mentors in two Kansas City public schools. Since the successful pilot year, City Year has now expanded to six partner schools with 58 AmeriCorps members. City Year AmeriCorps members will serve full-time in the schools providing students with tutoring and in-class support, after-school programming, as well as organizing school-wide initiatives, like this first day of school pep rally, to increase academic achievement and student engagement.
The Kansas City Chiefs and the Hunt Family Foundation are founding City Year Kansas City sponsors and during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years supported eight full-time City Year AmeriCorps members at Central Middle School. With the second year complete, the Chiefs and the Hunt Family Foundation will continue to support the City Year team and students at Central Middle School during the 2017-18 school year.
The launch of City Year Kansas City was led by a group of cross-sector community and business leaders, in partnership with Kansas City Public Schools, AmeriCorps and Mayor Sly James. City Year Kansas City has received lead investments from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Hall Family Foundation, William T. Kemper Foundation, Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation, JE Dunn Construction, The Sosland Foundation, Hunt Family Foundation/Chiefs, George K. Baum Family Foundation, Brandmeyer Charitable Giving, Polsinelli, John and Terry Petersen, Oppenstein Brothers Foundation and Hallmark. Learn more at www.cityyear.org/kansascity.