Kansas City Kansas Public Schools faces many of the same challenges as urban core school districts across the country. More specifically, Northeast Kansas City – the region where this Operation is focused - has contended with high unemployment, lack of access to medical resources, affordable housing, and lack of access to fresh food. All these challenges affect the ability of children to succeed at school. For example, from 2001-2011, public schools in the Midwest experienced 40% growth in the number of low-income students but an increase of only 12% growth in per student spending.

Our partner school for this operation, Banneker Elementary, serves a school community where 97% of students come from low-income families and 37% of students are English-language learners. This school is the front line of the fight to reduce educational inequality and prepare students for success later in life. The school has a strong vision for students:

“Banneker Elementary School will prepare our students for the 21st Century by developing skills of problem-solving, research and critical thinking. Our goals of student achievement and success will be supported by a positive, encouraging learning community.”

Kansas City 1st Platoon’s activities will support Banneker Elementary in reaching its goal by creating a more vibrant learning community with new instruction opportunities (e.g. outdoor classrooms, reading lofts) to support one of the schools driving priorities, converting classroom lessons to classroom experiences, while also supporting priorities around academic achievement and parent participation.

Upcoming Events


Play Ground Project!

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Service Project

Friends of Yates - Kansas City, KS

September 7, 2019 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Black Dog Coffeehouse Link up

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Black Dog Coffeehouse - Lenexa, KS

September 14, 2019 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Black Hoof Park Hike

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Black Hoof Park - Lenexa, KS

September 14, 2019 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Day of Service in Honor of 9/11

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Service Project

TBD - Kansas City - , KS

September 14, 2019 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Bee Creek Coffee

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Bee Creek Cafe & Bakery - Platte City, MO

October 5, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Weston Bend Fall Walk

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Weston Bend State Park - Weston, MO

October 5, 2019 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Parkville Coffee Link-Up

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Parkville Coffee - Parkville, MO

November 2, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Amity Woods Nature Park

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Amity Woods Nature Park - Kansas City, MO

November 2, 2019 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Thanksgiving Baskets

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Support Event

(coming soon!) - Blue Springs, MO

November 16, 2019 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Veteran's Day Service Project

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Service Project

Banneker Elementary School  - Kansas City, KS

November 16, 2019 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Mill Creek Streamway Hiking

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Mill Creek Streamway - Shawnee, KS

December 7, 2019 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Messenger Coffee Co

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Messenger Coffee Co - Kansas City, MO

December 7, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Wreaths Across America - Leavenworth National Cemetery

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Support Event

Leavenworth National Cemetery - Leavenworth, KS

December 7, 2019 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Recent Events


Havens Park

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Havens Park - Leavenworth, KS

August 10, 2019 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Meriwether's Coffee

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Meriwether's Coffee Shop and Cafe - Leavenworth, KS

August 10, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Back Pack Build 2019

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Support Event

Metro Lutheran Ministy-KC - Kansas City, MO

August 3, 2019 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM