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sankofa bird

The “Sankofa” is a metaphorical symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, generally depicted as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress.  What poem or speech inspires you to reflect on your history and helps to provide direction for your successful future?

Student Life

Move Move, Get More! ("YES" Program)

Your child(ren) will participate in a 1-hour before or after school program at their school each day, where they engage in physical activity. Staff from Kansas City Parks and Recreation will lead an intramural sports program, where the sport changes monthly. Your child(ren) will be asked to wear an accelerometer (Garmin VivoFit 4) for the duration of this study. Study staff will sync your child(ren)s data electronically on a biweekly basis while they are playing sports. You child(ren) will also receive fresh fruits and vegetables that they bring home along with nutritional education via snapchat and Instagram weekly.

For more information and sign-up please visit:

Phone: (816) 235-5927

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Soccer for Success

Soccer for Success is a FREE after school program that integrates physical activity, nutrition, mentorship and community engagement in a safe and non-competitive environment.

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NEMS Soccer Champs