Ms. Terrie awarded for Food Safety Excellence

Terrie Parker is the Kitchen Manager at Treat America and works with Gordon Parks to provide a breakfast and hot lunch for the kids every single day. She keeps our kitchen clean and up to standards year round. For that, the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department has awarded her two years in a row with the Food Safety and Excellence Award.

The award is valid for one year and is based on cumulative inspection reports throughout 2018. The Health Department recognizes that excellence is most fully achieved when food service management fully endorses employee education and training. Therefore, the 2019 award goes to establishments that have exhibited excellence in sanitation and food safety, as well as employee education. Those receiving the excellence award, approximately nine percent of the City’s 3,900 permitted food establishments, substantially exceeded the standards of the food code.

Parker has worked with Gordon Parks off and on for six years. The last three years she has been here full-time. She comes in the morning around seven o’clock to prepare the kids’ sacks for breakfast and then heads back to Treat America to gather the food needed to provide lunch to the students at Gordon Parks.

Parker said, "I love the kids and I love the teachers. I’ve got know everybody really well. We’re just one big happy family.”

Four Finalists for Gordon Parks Elementary

            KANSAS CITY, Missouri, May 15, 2019 – Gordon Parks Elementary has four finalists selected for the 2019 Excellence in Education Awards by the Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA). There is a total of five awards given and Gordon Parks has a finalist in three of those five categories.

            The Excellence in Education Awards celebrate the work of Kansas City’s most impactful charter public school educators. MCPSA has partnered with SchoolSmart KC to provide teachers and leaders with well-deserved recognition and a monetary award to raise awareness of the importance of high-quality education in the Kansas City region.

            Our four finalists at Gordon Parks Elementary are Jennifer Hagemaster - the Academic Officer and Principle, Kirsten Lipari-Braman - the Operations Officer, Megan Green - Kindergarten Teacher and Pam Justus - Behavior Specialist.

Board President, Keli O’Neill Wenzel said, “Gordon Parks Elementary School is growing from strength to strength with a lot more coming. We have a very focused team that is executing on a robust plan.”

Hagemaster and Lipari-Braman are nominated for the School Leader of the Year Award, Green is nominated for the Elementary Teacher of the Year Award and Justus is nominated for the School Leader TEAM of the Year Award. Nominees will attend an awards dinner on May 30, 2019. There they will announce the winner of each category. Winners are eligible to receive a $10,000 personal award.

Gordon Parks Elementary School family is very proud of these nominations and we wish the best of luck to all teachers and leaders who were nominated for these awards.

First Annual Bill & Dorothy Golf Tournament

Gordon Parks Elementary School held their first annual Bill & Dorothy Curry Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 27th. We had a beautiful day of golfing at Hillcrest Golf & Country Club and with the help from all of our sponsors, volunteers, and participants, we were able to raise $39,000 to directly benefit Gordon Parks Elementary School. Thank you to everyone who participated, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Our sponsors for this event include:

Bill & Dorothy Curry - Title Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors:

Karbank Real Estate Company

Karen & Craig Lundgren

Diamond Sponsors:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

Brett, Joanna, Elsa Jane and Tate Posten

Hole-in-one Sponsors

Midway Auto

Curry Real Estate

Beer Cart Sponsors:

Western Specialty Contractors

Dan & Michelle Bowers

United Beverage Company

Silver Sponsors:

Bill & Irma Lou Hirsch


Melissa Rock


Beverage Cart Sponsors:

Kent Yocum

Tierney Office Supply

Hole Sponsors:

John & Arlene Frye

Howard & Patricia Mick

Holland 1916

Arvest Bank

Chip Power

Olson & Associates

Hollis + Miller

J. Wilbur & Co.

Picasso Dog Groomery

GPES Board of Directors

Margaret Huff

Chip Manson & Jane Parsons - Putting Contest Sponsor

John & Mary Ann Miller - Longest Drive Contest Sponsor 

Treat America - Breakfast Sponsor

Ray & Linnea Brock - Banquet Sponsor:

Brands That Speak - Marketing Sponsor

Mariner Wealth - Apparel Sponsor

Financial Designs Inc. - Closest to the Pin Sponsor

Thank you to all of our sponsors! Without you all, we wouldn’t have been able to reach our goal and our success of this event.

We plan to recreate and grow this event for next year. Next year’s golf tournament will be held on April 25th, 2020 with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. SAVE THE DATE!