Kauffman Foundation Awards Grants to Three Kansas City Schools Working Toward Improved Literacy and Language Outcomes

Foundation’s “Individual Schools” grants program accepting applications from district, charter and private schools in five-county metro area until Dec. 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 19, 2015) — As part of its Individual Schools grants program, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today announced grants totaling more than $700,000 to three Kansas City-area schools: James Walker Elementary in Blue Springs and Gladstone Elementary and Gordon Parks Elementary, both in Kansas City, Mo.

“Investment in Kansas City schools is part of the Foundation’s goal to ensure more students have access to quality education options,” said Aaron North, vice president of Education at the Foundation. “These three schools have demonstrated promising results, and with additional support, they can continue to achieve and sustain positive academic outcomes.”

To be eligible for an Individual Schools grant from the Kauffman Foundation, a district, charter or private school must have a significant enrollment of low-income students, demonstrate proven or promising changes in academics and be located within the five-county metro area (Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Cass, Clay and Jackson counties in Missouri). The grants enable the schools to explore new programming, enhance existing programs to get better results or bring new ideas and approaches to the school.

The Foundation will continue to accept applications from individual schools seeking grant funding until Tuesday, Dec. 1. To apply, visit kauffman.org/grants/current-opportunities.

More information about the newest grantees:

Blue Springs School District—James Walker Elementary School

The Foundation’s grant will support staff professional development and after-school literacy tutoring at James Walker Elementary to improve English Language Arts outcomes for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Kansas City Missouri Public Schools—Gladstone Elementary School

The grant will support the expansion of the New Americans Academy pilot program at Gladstone Elementary School to improve academic results for a growing number of English Language Learners in kindergarten through sixth grade. 

Gordon Parks Elementary

This grant will help to fund Gordon Parks’ efforts to enhance instructional practice and implement literacy programming that will contribute to improved teacher effectiveness and support students in gaining reading fluency and comprehension.