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


Netflix Party

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Virtual - LEAVENWORTH, KS

April 17, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Earth Day!

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Service Project

Virtual - LEAVENWORTH, KS

April 22, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Charades Virtually

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Virtual - LEAVENWORTH, KS

April 24, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Virtual Happy Hour

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Virtual - LEAVENWORTH, KS

May 5, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Memorial Day BBQ and Gardening

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Service Project

Friends of Yates - Kansas City, KS

May 16, 2020 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Virtual Community Helper

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Support Event

Virtual - LEAVENWORTH, KS

May 21, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mural Painting

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Service Project

Friends of Yates - Kansas City, KS

June 27, 2020 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

July Straighten Up

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Support Event

Friends of Yates - Kansas City, KS

July 25, 2020 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Back to School Cook Out and Games

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Friends of Yates - Kansas City, KS

August 29, 2020 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Post 9/11 Service Project

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Service Project

Friends of Yates - Kansas City, KS

September 12, 2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Winter Clothing Drive and Organization Support Project

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Support Event

Friends of Yates - Kansas City, KS

October 12, 2020 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Veterans Day Service Project

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Service Project

Friends of Yates - Kansas City, KS

November 11, 2020 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Friendsgiving

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Friends of Yates - Kansas City, KS

November 21, 2020 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Thankful Basket Build

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Support Event

Friends of Yates - Kansas City, KS

November 21, 2020 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Painting and Cookie Exchange

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

TBD - Kansas City - , KS

December 6, 2020 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Recent Events


Netflix Party

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Virtual - LEAVENWORTH, KS

April 3, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Charades Virtually

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Virtual - LEAVENWORTH, KS

March 27, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Taco Tuesday!

with the Kansas City 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

TBD - Austin, TX

February 25, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM