Business Partnerships

  • Make a Difference by Partnering with Our Schools

    With almost 20,000 students enrolled in the North Kansas City School District, volunteers play an important role in preparing students for responsible citizenship, productive employment and lifelong learning. We welcome community members whose involvement will provide extraordinary educational experiences for our students. 

    The Business Partnership program in NKC Schools expands the learning opportunities for district students by linking area businesses and community organizations with district schools and programs.  

    What does it mean to be a business partner in NKC Schools? 
    Business partners are able to support schools and students in a variety of ways:

    • Provide incentive rewards to encourage student success (i.e. gift cards, coupons, logo items, etc.)
    • Support students and school through various in-kind donations
    • Serve as a YouthFriends mentor to support students academically
    • Assist with building programs (i.e. science fairs, career day activities, serving as a judge for various contests, etc.)
    • Host tours or field trips of business as a means for students to understand the link between the specific curriculum they're learning and how those skills are implemented in the workplace
    • Provide students with real-world learning experiences through internship opportunities, job shadowing experiences or working on specific educational projects
    • Display student projects at business (i.e. artwork, photography, student writing samples, etc.)
    • Sponsor school clubs to support academic growth 


    How many partners can a school have? 
    Each school can have several partners. Some businesses choose to become partners with multiple schools. Business partners who support all students throughout the district are considered district partners and will be listed as a district business partner rather than with each individual school.

    What does the school expect from their partners? 
    The program exists to provide students with increased learning opportunities. Each partnership is unique and is worked out between the business and the school. The school's Partners in Education Building Facilitator will communicate with each of the business partners to determine goals that best support the needs of the school and their students. All partnerships are built on creating a mutually beneficial relationship between the school and the business.

    How are partners recognized by the district? 
    Once the partnership is established with the school, a partnership ceremony is then scheduled in which Athena Graham, NKC Schools Partners in Education Coordinator, will present both the school and business partner with framed partnership certificates acknowledging the partnership between the two parties. All business partners are also listed on the schools' websites as well.

    Interested in becoming a business partner?
    To learn more about becoming a business partner with your local school, please contact the school's Partners in Education Building Facilitator for more information. Please click here for a full list of each school's Partners in Education Building Facilitator contact information. For information regarding how your business can become a district business partner contact
    Athena Graham, Partners in Education Coordinator, at (816) 321-4696.

Partners in Education
  • For a list of each school's business partners, please visit the school's website.

    District Business Partners
    Assistance League of Kansas City - Operation School Bell
    Clay County Economic Development Council
    Costco Wholesale #1268
    CW Video & Photography, Inc.
    Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce
    Gladstone Bowl
    Keller Williams - Jenny Burkhead
    MCC - Maple Woods
    Mid-Continent Public Library
    North Kansas City Hospital
    Northland Neighborhoods, Inc.
    Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Northland Shepherd's Center
    Northwest Missouri State University
    Pleasant Valley Baptist Church
    Reed Portrait Group
    Wal-Mart of Gladstone


    Department Business Partners

    Automotive Technology
    NAPA Auto Parts of North Oak
    Northtowne Automotive Group
    O'Reilly Auto Parts
    Rob Sight Ford
    Wayne Croy Car Care

     Community Education
    City of Gladstone, Gladstone Community Center
    Clay County Senior Services

    Parents as Teachers
    We-Mac Manufacturing Co.

    Pleasant Valley Early Childhood
    Barry Christian Church

    Pupil Services
    Antioch Urban Growers
    Asthma Ready
    Benton House of Tiffany Springs
    Clay County Health Center
    Englewood Baptist Church & Community Farm
    Gladstone Animal Shelter
    Gladstone Community Center
    Habitat for Humanity ReStore - Deramus
    Habitat for Humanity ReStore - North Oak
    Healthe Kids
    Henning Family Foundation
    Hy-Vee - 64th Street
    KCMO Health Department
    MCC - Penn Valley
    Miles of Smiles
    Missouri Western State University
    Price Chopper - N. Oak & Vivion
    Priority Care Pediatrics
    Research Instructor College
    Sweet Beginnings, LLC
    William Jewell College

    School Age Child Care (SACC)
    University of Missouri Extension - Clay County 4-H

    Safety & Security
    American Digital Security (ADS)
    Clay County Sheriff's Department
    Gladstone Police Department
    Kansas City Police Department
    North Kansas City Fire Department
    North Kansas City Police Department

    Student Services
    A Turning Point
    Heartland Auxiliary - Assistance League of Kansas City
    Synergy Services
    Tri-County Mental Health

    Transportation Services
    Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
    MOD Pizza - Antioch Crossing