2012 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Meredith Roberts Schraeder

meredith schraederWyandotte High School, 1965

Meredith Schraeder attributes much of her professional and personal success to her education in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. She has always been one of the district's biggest cheerleaders.

Her career has been varied and innovative. Schraeder worked as the public information officer for the city of KCK, under both Mayor Richard Walsh and Mayor Jack Reardon. She also founded a monthly newspaper named Grand Central that served the Central Avenue community.

She served as administrator for the Children's Museum, and spent two years as a part-time marketing specialist for the United Way. The last nine years of her professional career, she was a certified prevention specialist for the Regional Prevention Center.

In high school, Schraeder approached her counselor about attending one of the seven sisters historically women's colleges in the northeast. She was told it was unlikely to happen. So, she requested another counselor and was given reasons to believe that it could – and it did. With her counselor's guidance, and that of her parents, she earned an academic scholarship to the prestigious Bryn Mawr College.

She believes strongly in passing on a legacy of service to others. She spent 12 years serving the youth of the city as a member of the KCK Board of Education. She is proud of the achievements of the Board during her service  — especially the district's First Things First comprehensive reform effort.

Schraeder was a founder of the "Connect the Dottes" group, which coordinated neighborhood business revitalization organizations in Wyandotte County.

In 2009, Schraeder was forced to step away from her active role in the community when the leukemia she had been diagnosed with in 2006 became "active." After a successful bone marrow transplant, she has had to find a new "normal" for her life, but she continues to voice her support, whenever possible, for the community and its children.