The week of Sept. 27 through Oct. 1 marks Welcoming Week.
The KC Chamber and members of Welcoming KC are working to make Kansas City a designated “welcoming city.” On Monday, Sept. 27, the Shawnee Mission Board of Education issued a proclamation to support the community efforts to create a unified community where all are valued and can thrive.
“We know by using all assets across our entire community, we can welcome immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers to grow the region’s globally competitive workforce,” the proclamation stated.
Board members noted the Welcoming KC Week effort is consistent with beliefs embedded in the district’s strategic plan:
- We believe every individual has inherent worth and deserves to be valued and celebrated.
- We believe that a community’s strength is derived from its diversity.
- We believe that respecting a community’s diversity and each individual’s dignity demands equitable access.
“The Shawnee Mission School District’s success depends on making sure all students feel welcome here,” the Proclamation stated. “Today, new students are a vital part of our community- bringing fresh perspectives and new ideas contributing to the vibrant diversity that we all value.”