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Anderson Photo Company
Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Walter Wayne Smith
Biography of Vassie James Ward Hill (1875-1954), School Founder and Educator
Waldo Residents Plant Seeds to Reopen Elementary School
July 24, 2012
A group of Waldo residents have formed the Friends of Hale Cook organization to convince the Kansas City Public School District to reopen Hale Cook Elementary School. The group wants their children to...
Sanborn Map, Kansas City, Vol. 3, 1909-1957, Page p355
A portion of Kansas City from E. 22nd Street south to E. 24th Street and from Euclid Avenue east to Park Avenue, showing buildings, streets, and additions. Large numbers at edges of page refer to page...
Behavioral Objectives in an Open Classroom: Education for Competence
Article about the authors' study of differences and needs in public education for black and white elementary school children.
Preservation is the Priority
April 15, 2015
Article about the Banneker School Restoration Project. “Banneker School was built by the Parkville School District in 1885 as a one-room schoolhouse to educate the children of freed slaves in Platte...
Carver Dual Language Academy
April 14-20, 2011
Article about the Carver Dual Language Academy and its principal Cornelia Clark. The Academy, located on Elmwood Avenue, cultivates bilingualism in children by teaching English to Spanish-speakers and...
Child Abuse Echoes from Former Midwest Center
Article about the closing of the children's care center due to abuse allegations and administration problems, including the history of the center.
Celebrating Northeast Schools--Della Lamb: Another Inner-City Success Story
Article about the Della Lamb Elementary Charter School, opened in 1999 in Northeast Kansas City as "the first charter school to open in Missouri." Mention also of Della Lamb, the school's namesake.
Jean A. Merrill: Children's Libraries
Article about the Kansas City Public Library Children's Department's involvement with school book fairs for children in the Kansas City area, starting with the "Carnival of Books" in 1955, etc.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star! Talented Tots Will Go Far
Article about the violin school for children, taught in "the Suzuki method" by Beth Titterington at her home at 4708 Jarboe Street.
Early Platte County Schools Served Black Children
September – December 2014
Article contains brief histories of three Platte County schools—Benjamin Banneker School (Parkville, MO); Dunbar School (Platte City, MO); Mary Bethune School (Weston, MO)—that were built in the 19th...
Families Ponder Return to KC District
April 19, 2013
Article describes an effort by parents living in Southwestern Kansas City and Kansas City School District officials to reopen the Hale H. Cook for elementary-aged students beginning in the fall of 2014....
The Diamond Mine
Article describing some distinct features of the learning environment for children of varying backgrounds and races at the Middle School for the Arts.
Facer School (Free the Children)
Article describing the experimental private elementary school called PACER School, at 1200 West 39th Street, stressing "creative problem solving; non-sexist activities, models and expectancies. ..in. ..an...
Health Program in the Kansas City Schools, 1919-21
Article describing the new health program for Kansas City public schools devised and carried out from 1919 to 1921, including new methods of organization among children, teachers, nurses, etc.
19th Century School Awaits Restoration
December 25, 2006
Article detailing the work of a restoration group working to convert the Benjamin Banneker School building in Parkville, Missouri, into a museum. Benjamin Banneker was a one-room, segregated school for...
Classmates Remember White Flight
October 13, 2013
Article records details of a reunion of former students who attended the Sanford B. Ladd School from 1950 - 1957. Attendees are interviewed and describe how the school was changed following the desegregation...
On a Quest for Best Schools
February 26, 2015
Article reports on the rise of charter school enrollment and several school options available to parents. The twenty charter schools in Kansas City, Missouri have an enrollment of 10,182 students or roughly...
To Be Young, Gifted and Black in the Days of Segregated Independence
January 30, 2009
Article tells the story of Alversia Brown Pettigrew who grew up in the African American neighborhood called "The Neck" in Independence. She was among the first children to attend integrated schoools in...
Penn School: Westport's Historic School for Black Children
Article tells the story of Penn School on Pennsylvania Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets. Penn School is less well-known than other African American schools because it was small and served a neighborhood...
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