Thousands of KCKPS Students to Take Part in the International Hour of Code

December 7, 2015

Contact: Tammy Dodderidge, communications manager, (913) 279-2225


This week, more than 125 classrooms in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) will be taking part in what is being deemed as the “largest learning event in history.”

Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. The week-long event celebrates Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 7-13. It is sponsored by, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools.

KCKPS students grades 1st through 12th will be participating through on-line tutorials, assemblies and one school will have a visit from a Microsoft engineer. Some classes have plans to expand the learning into January.

“The ability to code is becoming an essential skill of the 21st century,” said Julie Leach, 21st century teacher leader, elementary. “It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting this process at a young age, students will build a foundation for success in any career path.”

KCKPS is encouraging students, teachers, parents and community members to spend an hour coding during this week. For more information go to

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242