Kansas City, April 24, 2019: Kansas City Public Schools has selected the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection to receive the school system’s first-ever Community Champion of the Year Award.
The KCPS Department of Engagement decided to create the new award starting this year as a way to recognize partners and volunteers and express gratitude for their sustained and extraordinary service to schools and programs in the system, according to department leader Samara Crawford-Herrera. The Church of the Resurrection was a natural selection for the 2019 KCPS Community Champion Award.
“The leaders and members of the Church of the Resurrection have played an integral part in our success through their unprecedented history of volunteering at our schools and serving our students, families and staff,” Ms. Crawford-Herrera said. “We are honored and excited to have this ongoing collaboration with the Church of the Resurrection as we strive together to improve youth outcomes across Kansas City.”
The Church of the Resurrection has been a committed partner with KCPS for many years. Church volunteers have spent days and weeks renovating schools, providing uniforms, school supplies and books, and offering direct support for families. Recent examples of church projects include a fundraising campaign for City Union Mission done in partnership with Phillips Elementary School students; construction of an outdoor classroom at Hartman Elementary School; and a book drive and visit by renowned meteorologist Gary Lezak at Wheatley Elementary School.
The Church of the Resurrection includes approximately 24,000 members who meet at campuses in Leawood and Olathe, Kan., and Blue Springs and downtown Kansas City, Mo. Volunteer service across the region and nation is a central component of the church’s mission.
“The Church of the Resurrection is honored to receive this award from Kansas City Public Schools,” Resurrection Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton said. “As a community partner, we are committed to supporting educational opportunities for all children. We believe every child should have a future filled with hope, and we are grateful to be able to share in this investment in the future of our city.”
The 2019 KCPS Community Champion of the Year Award will be presented to the Church of the Resurrection leaders during the school system’s annual Partners In Education Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, April 29 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.