Volunteers Make Space to Promote STEM Learning at Troost

Ribbon-cutting celebration held on June 7


Kansas City, June 7, 2018:  A unit of selfless volunteers worked hard this week to make a space where students can build a bright future at Troost Elementary School.

About 40 AbbVie Foundation volunteers, under the leadership and coordination of the non-profit Heart of America Foundation, donated their time and talents to install a high-quality educational “makerspace,” paint an inspirational mural and make other improvements in the school, which is located at 1215 E. 59th St. in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell, Principal Jenise Hampton and representatives from the two foundations plus volunteers hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new makerspace and showcased the other improvements starting at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at the school.

The makerspace is decorated and equipped to stimulate engaging activities for students in order to promote science, technology, engineering and math education. Volunteers painted an inspirational mural in the school’s main hallway, plus a giant U.S. map in the playground. Each student at the school will also be given a collection of new, donated books for his or her home library.

Over the past 20 years, Heart of America has provided high-quality resources and transformed spaces into modern learning environments so that students and communities can learn and grow. The organization has served more than two million students in need by distributing more than four million books and transforming nearly 400 school libraries, cafeterias, gymnasiums, college and career centers, tech labs, and many more educational spaces in high-need areas across the United States.

AbbVie is a global, research and development-based biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative advanced therapies for some of the world’s most complex and critical conditions. The company’s mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to markedly improve treatments across four primary therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, virology and neuroscience. In more than 75 countries, AbbVie employees are working every day to advance health solutions for people around the world.

Visit the KCPS Flickr site for more photos from this event.