Make a Difference by Partnering with Our Schools
With more than 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.
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
City of Gladstone, Gladstone Community Center
Clay County Senior Services
Costco Wholesale #1268
Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce
Keller Williams - Jenny Burkhead
Kristy Dreiling Beauty LLC
Manheim Kansas City
Mid-Continent Public Library
Moyes Eye Center
North Kansas City Hospital
Northland Neighborhoods, Inc.
Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce
Northland Shepherd's Center
Pleasant Valley Baptist Church
Reed Portrait Group
Wal-Mart of Gladstone
Department Business Partners
Adult Education & Literacy
Educational Opportunity Center - Metropolitan Community College
Advanced Studies & Post-Secondary Readiness
Clay County Economic Development Council
Metropolitan Community College - Business & Technology
Metropolitan Community College - Maple Woods
Northwest Missouri State University
University of Missouri Kansas City
NAPA Auto Parts of North Oak
Northtowne Automotive Group
O'Reilly Auto Parts
Rob Sight Ford
Wayne Croy Car Care
Parents as Teachers
North Oak Christian Church
A Turning Point
ARC Thrift Store
Baptist Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation
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
Hy-Vee - 64th Street
KCMO Health Department
Metropolitan Ccommunity College - Penn Valley
Missouri Western State University
Price Chopper - North Oak & Vivion
Priority Care Pediatrics
Research Instructor College
William Jewell College
YMCA - North Kansas City
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
A Turning Point
Clay County Clothes Closet
Heartland Auxiliary - Assistance League of Kansas City
Tri-County Mental Health
Vision Source Eyecare