ommunity Partnerships

At CWC Kansas City, we take pride in being a part of our vibrant Midtown community.  We welcome community partnerships with us in our school as well as encourage our students to be aware of their place within a larger community.  We are always looking for innovative collaborations and are proud to currently partner with the following organizations:


Curriculum Enrichment

    Anita B. Gorman Discover Science Center "Discover Nature Schools Curriculum" (K & 1st Grade)

Thanks to the Anita B.Gorman Discovery Science Center and the Missouri Department of Conservation, our CWCKC students will be diving into the Discover Nature Schools curriculum throughout their science projects. Our young scientists will be getting outside to investigate, observe, and explore including receiving science journals and going on nature-focused field trips.


    Junior Achievement "Economics Education Through Community Partnerships" (K & 1st Grade)

Through Junior Achievement, our students will learn about entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness as our social students and math standards come to life in hands-on activities.  Volunteers (this year from McCown-Gordon) come to our school to deliver a series of lessons that build sequential themes across grade levels that get our students thinking about jobs, personal economics, and roles in our communities.


    Nelson-Atkins Art Museum "Thinking Through Art" (1st Grade)

The 1st graders at CWC Kansas City will participate in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s ’Thinking Through Art’ program.  Our teachers will facilitate this in-school program that directly incorporates looking at and talking about art into the curriculum to build critical thinking skills. The program also includes 12 lessons in the classroom facilitated by Nelson-Atkins staff and volunteers, and two visits to the museum.

    Kansas City Community Gardens

In partnership with KC Community Gardens and our CWCKC Family Council’s garden & sustainability committee, we built 4 garden beds in our outdoor space.  Starting this spring, teachers and students will integrate planting and garden care into our projects and ACE after school programming.


    KC Healthy Kids

Twice throughout the school year, CWCKC students get the chance to try some delicious veggies through a ’Tasting Local’ event with KC Healthy Kids.  This year, all of the veggies for the fall ‘fresh salad with radishes’ and spring ‘veggie omelet’ recipes came from Urbavore Urban Farm which is run by one of our CWCKC families.  Students learned about which produce grows right here in Kansas City and voted if they liked each recipe.  


    Kansas City Public Library

Our local librarian from the Westport KCPL branch visits our school three times per month to do a themed read aloud and creative activity with all students through their reading groups.  She also gathers collections of library books to loan to our school based on our current studies and projects.


   Kansas City Police Department

KCPD officers come to our school twice a month to meet with our reading groups for a read aloud.  Officers share time with students and help them learn about all the things police officers do as part of their jobs.

 

   Tony Aguirre Community Center

Through our ACE programs, we have 2-3 clubs each week that travel to the Aguirre Center to meet.  Thanks to the partnership with the Center staff, students are transported by van to participate in clubs including basketball, swimming, and cooking.


 

Family Support

    Harvesters Community Food Network "BackSnack Program" (All Students)

Harvesters’ BackSnack program provides a weekly backpack filled with nutritious, child-friendly food for school children to take home over the weekend.  This free program is possible because of our community partner St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and CWCKC volunteers, and is open to all students.


   Kansas City Area Transportation Authority "CWCKC Bus Pass Program" (All Eligible Students)

To support our mission, increase accessibility for all families, and assist our students in achieving high levels of attendance, our CWCKC Bus Pass Program provides qualifying families with a renewable 31-day bus pass.  This unlimited ride pass for KCATA supports families who ride the bus to bring their students to CWCKC for the entire school year.


    UMKC School of Dentistry "Lowry Dental Program" (1st Grade)

We are a partnering school with the Lowry Dental Program at UMKC School of Dentistry, which provides the necessary dental services for children regardless of their insurance coverage.  This weekly school-year program takes a few children at a time accompanied by CWCKC staff to the dental school by bus in order to complete all needed dental exams and follow up appointments.


   KC Care Clinic

A health insurance Navigator with the Kansas City CARE Clinic is on site at CWCKC for several visits during open enrollment to answer questions for all families about health insurance, and help enroll individuals and families in Marketplace plans or Medicaid.  The Clinic also shares information about important changes to insurance with offers to help families make needed updates.  Families can meet with the Navigator right here at school!

Regional-Level Partnerships

    Urban Leaders Fellowship

The Urban Leaders Fellowship is a paid fellowship that recruits the best and brightest for an intensive, seven-week experience in eight premier cities across the country. Working together with other ambitious, mission-driven individuals, ULF empowers people to bring about real and lasting change in their communities. In the summer of 2017, CWCKC became a proud partner with ULF KC. Our 7-week fellowship experience provided growth and learning for our fellow and beneficial work of our regional team around the area of policy development, handbook review, governance, compliance, and oversight. We are grateful to our fellow, Mr. Jose Rivera, for his hard work and support of our growth.


   The Lean Lab

The Lean Lab is a Kansas City-based organization that launches transformational education innovations. To date, they have launched 17 ventures, impacting over 8,000 kids in Kansas City and 400,000 kids nationwide. Their community members work with entrepreneurs believing that the most effective innovations grow from partnership with those most impacted: parents, teachers, students, and school leaders. In 2017, CWCKC is proud to serve as a Beta Stie Partner with the Lean Lab to advance innovation that serves the educational community in alignment with our mission.