Kansas City, February 28, 2017: Pioneering African-American scientists Benjamin Banneker and George Washington Carver never knew each other, but their legacy is being carried forward in Kansas City Public Schools.
The National Park Service’s George Washington Carver National Monument has selected Benjamin Banneker Elementary School as the first school in Kansas City to participate in the “Every Kid in a Park” program. That means that Banneker’s fourth graders will get a free field trip to the Diamond, Mo. park on Saturday, April 29 for a day of learning, service and fun.
The park service is partnering with the Kansas City Alpha Delta Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. to offer this program, which is also funded in part with a National Park Service Foundation grant. George Washington Carver was a charter member of the Phi Beta Sigma Tuskegee Institute Alumni Chapter.
The educational “Every Kid in a Park” program provides funding to transport students to parks around the United States. Monument park rangers visited with students and staff at Banneker on Tuesday, Feb. 28 in order to launch the program, talk about George Washington Carver and get them excited about their upcoming trip.
The monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of Carver, who was born into slavery during the Civil War and went on to become one of the most significant scientists, inventors, educators and humanitarians in the nation. Benjamin Banneker – also African American – lived most of his life in the 18th century and was renowned as a self-taught and accomplished astronomer, surveyor and naturalist.